Age-related deficits in the cerebellar beta adrenergic signal transduction cascade in Fischer 344 rats

Thomas J. Gould, Paula C. Bickford

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Abstract

Localization of age-related deficits in the cerebellar beta adrenergic signal transduction cascade were investigated electrophysiologically using forskolin (FORSK) and adenosine-3',5'-cyclic monophosphothioate Sp-isomer (Sp-cAMPS) applied via pressure ejection from extracellular multibarreled glass electrodes to activate the transduction cascade. In young rats, 100 μM FORSK activated AC, and 100 μM Sp-cAMPS activated protein kinase A; thus, both increased GABAergic inhibition of Purkinje cell firing. In aged rats, however, 100μM FORSK was unable to increase GABAergic inhibition of Purkinje cell firing. In addition, 1 mM 7β-decacetyl-7β(γ-N- methylpiperazino)butyryl-forskolin, an analog of FORSK, was also unable to increase GABAergic inhibition in aged rats. In contrast, SpcAMPS was able to increase GABAergic inhibition in aged rats, but higher doses were required than in young rats. Isoproterenol (ISO), a beta adrenergic agonist, was ineffective in increasing GABAergic inhibition of Purkinje firing in aged rats when tested alone, but ISO was effective in increasing Purkinje cell inhibition when ISO was tested with Sp-cAMPS. The results of this experiment indicate that one age-related deficit in the cerebellar beta adrenergic system occurs at the level of protein kinase A activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-971
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume281
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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