Ras-GRF1 is a neuron-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor for Ras proteins. Mice lacking Ras-GRF1 (-/-) are severely impaired in amygdala-dependent long-term synaptic plasticity and show higher basal synaptic activity at both amygdala and hippocampal synapses (Brambilla et al.,, 1997). In the present study we investigated the effects of Ras-GRF1 deletion on hippocampal neuronal excitability. Electrophysiological analysis of both primary cultured neurons and adult hippocampal slices indicated that Ras-GRF1-/- mice displayed neuronal hyperexcitability. Ras-GRF1-/- hippocampal neurons showed increased spontaneous activity and depolarized resting membrane potential, together with a higher firing rate in response to injected current. Changes in the intrinsic excitability of Ras-GRF1-/- neurons can entail these phenomena, suggesting that Ras-GRF1 deficiency might alter the balance between ionic conductances. In addition, we showed that mice lacking Ras-GRF1 displayed a higher seizure susceptibility following acute administration of convulsant drugs. Taken together, these results demonstrated a role for Ras-GRF1 in neuronal excitability.
|Titolo:||Involvement of cdc25mm/ras-grf1-dependent signaling in the control of neuronal excitability|
STURANI, EMMA PAOLA (Penultimo)
ZIPPEL, RENATA (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1006/mcne.2001.1050|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|