PMID: 12367621Oct 9, 2002

Modulation of GABA(A) receptor-mediated currents by benzophenone derivatives in isolated rat Purkinje neurones

M V KopanitsaO A Krishtal


We investigated modulation of GABA(A) receptor-mediated whole-cell currents in cerebellar Purkinje neurones by several derivatives of benzophenone. A metabolite of phenazepam, 5-bromo-2'-chloro-2-aminobenzophenone (I), caused dual modification of peak amplitudes of GABA-gated currents that depended upon the concentration of applied GABA and incubation time. Following short 10 s pre-incubations, 1-30 microM I facilitated activation and delayed deactivation of currents evoked by 500 ms pulses of 20 microM GABA. In addition, 10 microM I prominently enhanced desensitisation of currents during applications of 500 microM GABA mainly by decreasing the value of the fast time constant of the desensitisation. Continuous 6 min incubation with 10 microM I during GABA stimulation or its administration between but not during 1 s pulses of 500 microM GABA led to a gradual, partly reversible attenuation of GABA-activated currents. This inhibition was not observed when I was applied only during pulses of GABA, indicating that the blockade was not use-dependent. One of the possible mechanisms of this down-modulation could be an intracellular effect of I, because when applied intracellularly it caused slow inhibition of responses to consecutive G...Continue Reading


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