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Phosphorylation-Mediated Neurosteroid Actions

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Science's STKE  02 May 2000:
Vol. 2000, Issue 30, pp. tw6
DOI: 10.1126/stke.2000.30.tw6

Neurosteroids are produced in the brain and regulate the activity of neurons. Allopregnanolone (ALLO) is a neurosteroid that facilitates GABAA receptor-mediated currents. Fáncsik et al. found that ALLO increased the decay phase of spontaneous GABA currents in rat hypothalamic slice preparations. The ALLO-induced increase in the decay phase was blocked by pharmacological treatments that inhibited the activity of protein kinase C (PKC) or GTP-binding proteins (such as those downstream of the G protein-coupled receptors). The authors suggest that in magnocellular neurons the neurosteroid effect requires phosphorylation of the GABAA receptor.

Fáncsik, A., Linn, D.M., and Tasker, J.G. (2000) Neurosteroid modulation of GABA IPSCs is phosphorylation dependent. J. Neurosci.20: 3067-3075. [Abstract] [Full Text]

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