Electrophysiological evidence for N-methyl-D-aspartate excitatory amino acid receptors in the rat supraoptic nucleus in vitro. Academic Article uri icon


  • The responses of neurons in slices of the rat supraoptic nucleus (SON) to afferent stimulation were recorded under current-clamp conditions. In magnesium (Mg2+)-free incubation medium, synaptic responses were prolonged and were partially antagonized by the non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist (+)-5-methyl-10,11-dihydro-5H- dibenzo[a,d]cyclohepten-5,10-imine hydrogen maleate (MK-801). During blockade of non-NMDA excitatory amino acid (EAA) receptors, the synaptic responses in Mg(2+)-free medium were blocked by the competitive NMDA receptor antagonist 2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid (AP5). The results of these experiments provide electrophysiological evidence for the existence of NMDA receptors in the rat SON.

publication date

  • October 14, 1991