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Salceda, R; Aguirre-Ramirez, M (2005)

CHARACTERIZATION OF STRYCHNINE-SENSITIVE GLYCINE RECEPTOR IN THE INTACT FROG RETINA: MODULATION BY PROTEIN KINASES

NEUROCHEM RES 30(3):411-416
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We studied H-3-glycine and H-3-strychnine specific binding to glycine receptor (GlyR) in intact isolated frog retinas. To avoid glycine binding to glycine uptake sites, experiments were performed at low ligand concentrations in a sodium-free medium. The binding of both radiolabeled ligands was saturated. Scatchard analysis of bound glycine and strychnine revealed a K-D of 2.5 and 2.0 mu M, respectively. Specific binding of glycine was displaced by beta-alanine, sarcosine, and strychnine. Strychnine binding was displaced 50% by glycine, and sarcosine. Properties of the strychnine-binding site in the GlyR were modified by sarcosine. Binding of both radioligands was considerably reduced by compounds that inhibit or activate adenylate cyclase and increased cAMP levels. A phorbol ester activator of PKC remarkably decreased glycine and strychnine binding. These results suggest modulation of GlyR in response to endogenous activation of protein kinases A and C, as well as protein phosphorylation modulating GlyR function in retina.