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Neuron

Spontaneous inhibitory synaptic currents mediated by a G protein-coupled receptor.


PMID 23764286

Abstract

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) affect many physiological processes by modulating both intrinsic membrane conductances and synaptic transmission. This study describes spontaneous miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents mediated by vesicular dopamine release acting locally on metabotropic D2 receptors leading to the activation of a G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying potassium conductance. Thus, individual exocytotic events result in spontaneous GPCR-mediated transmission, similar to synaptic activation of classical ligand-gated ion channels.

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