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Site-specific Acylation of GABA-gated Cl- Channels Effects on 36Cl-Uptake

Radioligand binding studies indicate that p-isothiocyanato-t-butylbicycloorthobenzoate (p-NCS-TBOB) specifically acylates GABA-gated chloride channels. Preincubation of synaptoneurosomes with p-NCS-TBOB followed by washing resulted in a concentration dependent (63-500 nM) inhibition of both muscimol-stimulated chloride uptake and [355]t-butylbicyclophosphorothionate (TBPS) binding. The extent of acylation (assessed by inhibition of [35S]TBPS binding) was highly correlated (r = 0.89; p less than 0.001) with the inhibition of muscimol-stimulated Cl- uptake. Neither basal Cl- uptake nor [3H]muscimol binding to GABAA receptors were affected by p-NCS-TBOB. Preincubation with the nonacylating 'cage' convulsant t-butylbicycloorthobenzoate (500 nM) followed by washing had no effect on either muscimol-stimulated Cl- uptake or [35S]TBPS binding. These findings indicate that p-NCS-TBOB interferes with the efficacy of muscimol promoted channel openings, but does not affect the recognition qualities of GABAA receptors. p-NCS-TBOB should prove useful in electrophysiological and biochemical studies examining the properties of GABA-gated Cl- channels.


Moody, E. J., Lewin, A., de Costa, B. R., Rice, KC., & Skolnick, P. (1991). Site-specific Acylation of GABA-gated Cl- Channels: Effects on 36Cl-Uptake. European Journal of Pharmacology: Molecular Pharmacology, 206(2), 113-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/0922-4106(91)90019-E