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Functional Significance of Co-Localization of GABA and Glu in Nerve Terminals: A Hypothesis

[ Vol. 6 , Issue. 10 ]


Jozsef Somogyi   Pages 969 - 973 ( 5 )


Salient features of the co-transmission by GABA and Glu in neural signaling are summarized. Experimental data have been accumulating which demonstrate; i) GABA-immunoreactivity in and GABA-release from constitutively Gluergic hippocampal mossy fibre terminals, ii) plasticity of the GABAergic phenotype of constitutively Gluergic granule cells of the Dentate Gyrus, iii) expression of GABAA receptor γ3 subunit in the mossy fibre termination zone in the CA3 subfield, iv) co-labeling of terminals for GABA and Glu in the retina, brain stem and spinal cord, and v) functional compatibility of vesicular Glu (VGLUT3) and GABA (VIAAT) transporters. It is not clear, however, whether or not Glu and GABA are released from the same terminals, and packaged in the same vesicles. Using multiple transmitters neurons may serve to reduce the metabolic cost and errors of signaling.


Signaling by multiple transmitters, co-existence of GABA and Glu, GABAergic phenotype of dentate granule cells, co-expression of vesicular Glu and GABA transporters, varying ratios of GABA and Glu in terminals, combinatorial neural code hypothesis


Department of Pharmacology,University of Oxford; Mansfield Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QT, UK.

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