Developmental regulation of neuroligand-induced responses in cultured oligodendroglia

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Using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, we show that oligosphere-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OP) display GABA-, glutamate-, 5-HT-, glycine- and acetylcholine-gated inward currents. When OP differentiate into oligodendrocytes (ODC), the amplitude of peak currents elicited by saturating concentrations of these transmitters decreases except for 5-HT. Intracellular Ca2+ concentration changes induced by microperfusion of glutamate, 5-HT, TRH, met-enkephalin and substance P were monitored using a fluo-3-based calcium imaging system. When OP cells differentiate into ODC, a global decrease of the proportion of responding cells is observed. During type-2 astrocytes commitment, this proportion decreases for 5-HT, TRH- and metenkephalin stimulations whereas it remains constant for substance P and glutamate. These data demonstrate a development regulation of neurotransmitter- and neuropeptide-induced responses within the oligodendroglial lineage.

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