m4 muscarinic receptor subtype activates an inwardly rectifying potassium conductance in AtT20 cells.

Titlem4 muscarinic receptor subtype activates an inwardly rectifying potassium conductance in AtT20 cells.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
JournalNeuroscience letters
Volume147
Issue2
Pagination125-30
Date Published1992
ISSN0304-3940
Abstract

The modulation of an inwardly rectifying potassium conductance by muscarinic receptor stimulation was studied in the AtT-20 pituitary cell line, using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Only m4 mRNA was detected in these cells, thus, it is assumed that the actions of muscarinic receptor stimulation are mediated by the m4 receptor. AtT-20 cells express a slowly activating inwardly rectifying potassium conductance. Application of acetylcholine (ACh), resulted in an atropine sensitive, reversible increase in inwardly rectifying current. The ACh-induced current differed from the current recorded in control, in that it was fast activating, while the control current was slowly activating. Inclusion of GTP gamma S in the patch pipette activated an inward current with characteristics similar to the ACh-induced current, and the ACh-induced current response could be inhibited by pre-incubation with pertussis toxin (PTX). It is concluded that the m4 muscarinic receptor is coupled to an inwardly rectifying potassium conductance via a PTX sensitive G-protein.

URLhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/0304-3940(92)90576-S
Short TitleNeurosci Lett
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