Differential distribution of glycine receptor subtypes at the rat calyx of held synapse

Bohdana Hruskova, Johana Trojanova, Akos Kulik, Michaela Kralikova, Kateryna Pysanenko, Zbynek Bures, Josef Syka, Laurence O. Trussell, Rostislav Turecek

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The properties of glycine receptors (GlyRs) depend upon their subunit composition. While the prevalent adult forms of GlyRs are heteromers, previous reports suggested functional α homomeric receptors in mature nervous tissues. Here we show two functionally different GlyRs populations in the rat medial nucleus of trapezoid body (MNTB). Postsynaptic receptors formed α1/β-containing clusters on somatodendritic domains of MNTB principal neurons, colocalizing with glycinergic nerve endings to mediate fast, phasic IPSCs. In contrast, presynaptic receptors on glutamatergic calyx of Held terminals were composed of dispersed, homomeric α1 receptors. Interestingly, the parent cell bodies of the calyces of Held, the globular bushy cells of the cochlear nucleus, expressed somatodendritic receptors (α1/β heteromers) and showed similar clustering and pharmacological profile as GlyRs on MNTB principal cells. These results suggest that specific targeting of GlyR β-subunit produces segregation of GlyR subtypes involved in two different mechanisms of modulation of synaptic strength.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17012-17024
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 21 2012

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  • Neuroscience(all)


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