Modulation of GABA flux across rat brain membranes resolved by a rapid quenched incubation technique

Julianna Kardos, Ilona Kovács, Tamás Blandl, Derek J. Cash

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The progress and inhibition of [3H]GABA influx in native plasma membrane vesicles from the rat cerebral cortex was studied on a subsecond to minute time scale under different conditions by applying a rapid quenched incubation technique. In the absence of Ca2+ ([Ca2+]free = 10-8 M), the progress of influx followed by the addition of 10 nM [3H]GABA to the membrane vesicle suspension with time (500 ms to 15 min) can be described by a first-order rate equation giving an overall rate constant, k, of 3.93 ± 0.48 × 10-3 s-1 and equilibrium influx value, INFe, of 8.84 ± 0.41 pmol [3H]GABA/mg protein. In the presence of Ca2+ ([Ca2+]free = 2.4 × 10-3 M) a significant increase in the INFe value was observed (k = 4.64 ± 0.41 × 10-3 s-1 and INFe = 13.9 ± 0.40 pmol[3H]GABA/mg protein). Multiplicity of GABA transporters was indicated in the time-dependent inhibition of [3H]GABA influx by different uptake blockers. In the absence of Ca2+, depolarization (75 mM KCl) inhibited the influx of [3H]GABA into the vesicles by ∼70% and initiated the efflux from vesicles loaded with [3H]GABA. Different uptake blockers inhibited the Ca2+-independent translocation of [3H]GABA in both directions with similar specificities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 21 1994



  • Membrane vesicle
  • Rapid quenched incubation technique
  • Rat cerebral cortex
  • [H]GABA translocation

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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