PMID: 9486477Mar 5, 1998

A deficit of functional GABA(A) receptors in neurons of beta 3 subunit knockout mice

Neuroscience Letters
M D KrasowskiG E Homanics


Mice whose gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABA(A)) beta3 subunit gene is inactivated ('beta3 knockout mice') have been previously shown to have epilepsy, hypersensitive behavior, cleft palate, and a high incidence of neonatal mortality. In this study, we analyze whole-cell responses to GABA in neurons from beta3+/+, beta3+/- and beta3-/- mice. We demonstrate markedly decreased responses to GABA in both hippocampal and dorsal root ganglion neurons isolated from beta3-/- mice without major differences in the GABA concentration-response curves. We also utilize the subunit selective pharmacology of Zn2+ and the anticonvulsant drug loreclezole to help infer the presence of beta2 and gamma subunits in the GABA(A) receptors remaining in neurons from beta3-/- mice.


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