Transmembrane 36CI Flux Measurements and Desensitization of the γ‐Aminobutyric AcidA Receptor

Julianna Kardos, Derek J. Cash

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Abstract: Some data on the concentration range of response and the concentration for half‐response (EC50) of γ‐aminobutyric acid (GABA) for the GABAA receptor are reviewed and compared. An analysis of the 36CI flux assay demonstrates that both the EC50 and the slope of a Hill plot depend on the ion influx or efflux assay time. The effects of depletion of the 36CI concentration gradient during the assay and of receptor desensitization on the result for a range of assay times are considered. The EC50 can be decreased by orders of magnitude by increasing the assay time. The EC50 measured in a finite time is less than the half‐response concentration for the response(s) of the receptor. The extent of this difference depends on the receptor concentration per internal volume. The maximal decrease of EC50 depends on the rate of receptor desensitization. The computer simulations showed that a GABAA receptor with a half‐response concentration of 100 μM GABA can give 36CI flux measurements with an EC50 value 100‐fold lower.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1099
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of neurochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - okt. 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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