Jun 1, 1987

Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent phosphoprotein phosphatase activity of calcineurin in rat striatum: effect of kainic acid lesions

E ChungW S Chan


Calcineurin, a Ca2+ and calmodulin (CM)-dependent phosphatase, has been shown to be present in high concentrations in the striatum. Using inhibitor-1(phosphorylated by cAMP-dependent protein kinase) as a substrate, we found Ca2+/CM-dependent phosphatase (calcineurin) to be more than 2-fold higher than non-Ca2+/CM-dependent phosphatase in the rat striatum. In order to determine the cellular localization of calcineurin, striatal kainic acid injections were used to destroy neurons whose cell bodies are present at the site of injection. Glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) activity was measured as an indicator of destruction of striatal GABA-ergic neurons. After intrastriatal injection of 1 and 2 ug of kainic acid, there was a significant decrease of both calcineurin and GAD. However, injection of 0.5 ug kainic acid into the striatum reduced GAD activity by 81%, but had no effect on calcineurin phosphatase activity. Thus calcineurin does not appear to be equally distributed among all types of striatal neurons, but rather may be concentrated in neurons that are less sensitive to kainic acid than the GABA-ergic neuron.

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CA2 gene
Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases
August Rats
Lentiform Nucleus Structure
Protein Phosphatase Activity
Kainic Acid

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