Long-term desensitization of AMPA receptors (LTDA) is a core mechanism of long-term depression, a model of motor learning in the cerebellum. In this study we investigated the expression of neurotrophic factor genes after induction of LTDA in cultured cerebellar slices. LTDA was induced by application of quisqualate and monitored as a population response with a wedge recording technique. The levels of mRNA were quantified by reverse transcription followed by polymerase chain reaction. Quisqualate, at a dose and duration that reliably induced LTDA, elicited a significant and specific increase in BDNF mRNA with a peak at four hours after the application. By cell fractionation, the major source of BDNF mRNA increase was found to be in granule cells. In addition, a small but significant increase of transcripts with specific exon usage was observed in a Purkinje cell fraction. These results indicate that BDNF may be coinduced with LTDA and suggest that the slow and sustained increase of BDNF mRNA might play a role in later phases of synaptic plasticity in the cerebellum.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)|
|Publication status||Published - 1994 Jan 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience