In primary cultures of cerebellar granule cells, D,L baclofen (p-chlorophenyl-GABA) inhibited appoximately 50% of the calcium-45 influx induced with cell depolarization. The half maximal effective concentration for baclofen was 4 nM. Basal calcium influx was not influenced by baclofen thus suggesting that its inhibitory action could be exerted via a voltage dependent calcium channel (VDCC). Whole-cell recordings by patch-clamp technique showed a calcium current that appeared to be similar to the reported L-type VDCC. Nanomolar concentrations of baclofen also inhibited this calcium current by about 60%. However, in order for baclofen to be active, it needed to be placed into the incubation buffer at least five minutes before patching a cell raising the possibility that baclofen may be acting to inhibit the VDCC via a second messenger system.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience