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Homeostatic control of presynaptic release is triggered by postsynaptic membrane depolarization

Paradis, S., Sweeney, S.T. and Davis, G.W. (2001) Homeostatic control of presynaptic release is triggered by postsynaptic membrane depolarization. Neuron, 30 (3). pp. 737-749. ISSN 0896-6273

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Homeostatic mechanisms regulate synaptic function to maintain nerve and muscle excitation within reasonable physiological limits. The mechanisms that initiate homeostasic changes to synaptic function are not known. We specifically impaired cellular depolarization by expressing the Kir2.1 potassium channel in Drosophila muscle. In Kir2.1-expressing muscle there is a persistent outward potassium current (10 nA), decreased muscle input resistance (50-fold), and a hyperpolarized resting potential. Despite impaired muscle excitability, synaptic depolarization of muscle achieves wild-type levels. A quantal analysis demonstrates that increased presynaptic release (quantal content), without a change in quantal size (mEPSC amplitude), compensates for altered muscle excitation. Because morphological synaptic growth is normal, we conclude that a homeostatic increase in presynaptic release compensates for impaired muscle excitability. These data demonstrate that a monitor of muscle membrane depolarization is sufficient to initiate synaptic homeostatic compensation.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Biology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009 18:57
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2009 18:57
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0896-6273(01)00326-9
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier (Cell Press)
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0896-6273(01)00326-9
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7104

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