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Taurine activates glycine and gamma-aminobutyric acid A receptors in rat substantia gelatinosa neurons.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neuroreport
0959-4965
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
3
Pages
333–337
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282f50c90
PMID: 18303577
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Taurine has been suggested to modulate nociceptive information at the spinal cord level. In this study, the pharmacological properties of taurine were investigated in adult rat substantia gelatinosa (SG) neurons using whole-cell patch-clamp method. We found that taurine seemed to have higher efficacy than glycine on glycine receptors in SG neurons. An increase in chloride conductance was responsible for taurine-induced currents. Taurine at 0.3 mM activated glycine receptors, whereas at 3 mM activated both glycine and gamma-aminobutyric acid A receptors. The currents activated by coapplication of taurine and glycine are cross inhibitive. Altogether these results show that taurine might represent another important neurotransmitter or modulator in SG neurons, which may be involved in antinociception.

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