Neurochemical Research

, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp 899–904 | Cite as

K+-stimulated amino acid release from cultured cerebellar neurons: Comparison of static and dynamic stimulation paradigms

  • Keith L. Rogers
  • Robert A. Philibert
  • Gary R. Dutton
Original Articles


The release of several endogenous amino acids and adenosine from rat cerebellar neuronal cultures following elevated K+ exposure in the presence and absence of added Ca2+ was studied. The amino acids aspartate (ASP), glutamate (GLU) and GABA were released from the cultures in a dose- and Ca2+-dependent manner. Taurine (TAU) and the nucleoside adenosine (ADN) efflux rates were dose-dependent but Ca2+-independent, and basal levels increased in the absence of Ca2+. The K+ depolarization induced release of serine (SER), alanine (ALA) and proline (PRO), was not dose-dependent and in the absence of extracellular Ca2+ (with added Mg2+) higher basal release of SER and ALA, but not PRO, was noted. These findings demonstrate that in addition to known cerebellar neurotransmitters, other neuroactive and neutral amino acids are released from cultured cerebellar neurons in response to K+ depolarization. Their observed efflux suggests they may have as yet unidentified roles in neuronal function with different classes of efflux corresponding to: neurotransmitter-type release (ASP, GLU, GABA), and osmoregulatory, possibly neuromodulatory-type release (TAU), a Ca2+-insensitive, possibly neuromodulatory-type release (ADN), and a depolarization-sensitive release (SER, ALA, PRO) of which SER and ALA are partially Ca2+-sensitive.

Key Words

Amino Acids cerebellum neuronal cell culture neurotransmitter release 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith L. Rogers
    • 1
  • Robert A. Philibert
    • 1
  • Gary R. Dutton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa College of MedicineIowa City
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Iowa College of MedicineIowa City

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