Specific roles of GABA(B(1)) receptor isoforms in cognition

Jacobson, Laura H. and Kelly, Peter H. and Bettler, Bernhard and Kaupmann, Klemens and Cryan, John F.. (2007) Specific roles of GABA(B(1)) receptor isoforms in cognition. Behavioural brain research, Vol. 181, no. 1. pp. 158-162.

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The GABA(B) receptor is a heterodimer of GABA(B(1)) and GABA(B(2)) subunits. There are two isoforms of the GABA(B(1)) subunit: GABA(B(1a)) and GABA(B(1b)). Recent studies with mutant mice suggest a differential role for the two GABA(B(1)) isoforms in behavioural processes. As pharmacological and genetic studies have implicated GABA(B) receptors in cognition we investigated the behaviour of GABA(B(1a))(-/-) and GABA(B(1b))(-/-) mice in different types of cognitive paradigms. GABA(B(1a))(-/-) and GABA(B(1b))(-/-) mice were both impaired relative to wildtype controls in a continuous spontaneous alternation behaviour test of working spatial memory. In contrast to the reported phenotype of GABA(B(1))(-/-) mice, however, neither GABA(B(1a))(-/-) nor GABA(B(1b))(-/-) mice were deficient in a passive avoidance task. On the other hand, GABA(B(1a))(-/-) mice were impaired in familiar and novel object recognition. We conclude that GABA(B(1)) isoforms contribute differentially to GABA(B) receptor-mediated cognitive processes.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Division of Physiology > Molecular Neurobiology Synaptic Plasticity (Bettler)
UniBasel Contributors:Bettler, Bernhard
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Article Subtype:Research Article
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