Acta Physiologica 2005; Volume 185, Supplement 649
Belgian Society for Fundamental and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology, Autumn Meeting 2005
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF CEREBELLAR PURKINJE CELLS OVEREXPRESSING THE NOGO-A PROTEIN
Abstract number: POSTER-14
Hourez1 R., Aloy2 E.M., Montani2 L., Schwab2 M.E., Schiffmann1 S.N., Gall1 D.
1Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie, Facult de Mdecine, Brussels, Belgium2.
2Brain Research Institute, Neuromorphology, Zurich, Switzerland
Nogo-A mRNA and protein expression has been found in myelin and neurons in the CNS. The inhibitory function of Nogo-A in myelin in the adult CNS during regeneration has been well documented but nothing is known about the role of Nogo-A in neurons. In cerebellar Purkinje neurons, Nogo-A expression is relatively high during development, but downregulated in the adult. We have generated transgenic mice which overexpress the neurite growth inhibitory protein Nogo-A in cerebellar Purkinje cells under the control of the L7 promoter. With age, transgenic mice started to develop dyskinesia. These findings suggest the hypothesis that Nogo proteins may play a role in cerebellar physiology. To investigate this question, current clamp recordings have been performed from Purkinje cells in cerebellar slices of wild type mice and mice overexpressing NOGO-A using the perforated patch configuration of the patch clamp technique. We observe an alteration the intrinsic electrophysiological properties of the Purkinje cells from mice overexpressing NOGO-A. Further studies are needed in order to provide a link between the observed increased excitability of Purkinje cells and the selective overexpression of NOGO-A protein.
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Acta Physiologica 2005; Volume 185, Supplement 649 :POSTER-14