Elementary properties of CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels expressed in mouse cochlear inner hair cells

Valeria Zampini, Stuart Leigh Johnson, Christoph Franz, Neil D. Lawrence, Stefan Muenkner Jutta Engel, Marlies Knipper, Jacopo Magistretti, Sergio Masetto, Walter Marcotti
The Journal of Physiology, 588:187-189, 2010.

Abstract

Mammalian cochlear inner hair cells (IHCs) are specialized to process developmental signals during immature stages and sound stimuli in adult animals. These signals are conveyed onto auditory afferent nerve fibres. Neurotransmitter release at IHC ribbon synapses is controlled by L-type CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels, the biophysics of which are still unknown in native mammalian cells. We have investigated the localization and elementary properties of Ca2+ channels in immature mouse IHCs under near-physiological recording conditions. CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels at the cell pre-synaptic site co-localize with about half of the total number of ribbons present in immature IHCs. These channels activated at relatively hyperpolarized membrane potentials (about -70 mV), showed a relatively short first latency and weak inactivation, which would allow IHCs to generate and accurately encode spontaneous Ca2+ action potential activity characteristic of these immature cells. The CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels showed a very low open probability (about 0.15 at -20 mV: near the peak of an action potential). Comparison of elementary and macroscopic Ca2+ currents indicated that very few Ca2+ channels are associated with each docked vesicle at IHC ribbon synapses. Finally, we found that the open probability of Ca2+ channels, but not their opening time, was voltage dependent. This finding provides a possible correlation between presynaptic Ca2+ channel properties and the characteristic frequency/amplitude of EPSCs in auditory afferent fibres.

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@Article{Zampini-elementary09, title = {Elementary properties of CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels expressed in mouse cochlear inner hair cells}, author = {Zampini, Valeria and Johnson, Stuart Leigh and Franz, Christoph and Lawrence, Neil D. and Engel, Stefan Muenkner Jutta and Knipper, Marlies and Magistretti, Jacopo and Masetto, Sergio and Marcotti, Walter}, journal = {The Journal of Physiology}, pages = {187--189}, year = {2010}, volume = {588}, doi = {10.1113/jphysiol.2009.181917}, url = {http://inverseprobability.com/publications/zampini-elementary09.html}, abstract = {Mammalian cochlear inner hair cells (IHCs) are specialized to process developmental signals during immature stages and sound stimuli in adult animals. These signals are conveyed onto auditory afferent nerve fibres. Neurotransmitter release at IHC ribbon synapses is controlled by L-type CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels, the biophysics of which are still unknown in native mammalian cells. We have investigated the localization and elementary properties of Ca2+ channels in immature mouse IHCs under near-physiological recording conditions. CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels at the cell pre-synaptic site co-localize with about half of the total number of ribbons present in immature IHCs. These channels activated at relatively hyperpolarized membrane potentials (about -70 mV), showed a relatively short first latency and weak inactivation, which would allow IHCs to generate and accurately encode spontaneous Ca2+ action potential activity characteristic of these immature cells. The CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels showed a very low open probability (about 0.15 at -20 mV: near the peak of an action potential). Comparison of elementary and macroscopic Ca2+ currents indicated that very few Ca2+ channels are associated with each docked vesicle at IHC ribbon synapses. Finally, we found that the open probability of Ca2+ channels, but not their opening time, was voltage dependent. This finding provides a possible correlation between presynaptic Ca2+ channel properties and the characteristic frequency/amplitude of EPSCs in auditory afferent fibres.} }
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%0 Journal Article %T Elementary properties of CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels expressed in mouse cochlear inner hair cells %A Valeria Zampini %A Stuart Leigh Johnson %A Christoph Franz %A Neil D. Lawrence %A Stefan Muenkner Jutta Engel %A Marlies Knipper %A Jacopo Magistretti %A Sergio Masetto %A Walter Marcotti %J The Journal of Physiology %D 2010 %F Zampini-elementary09 %P 187--189 %R 10.1113/jphysiol.2009.181917 %U http://inverseprobability.com/publications/zampini-elementary09.html %V 588 %X Mammalian cochlear inner hair cells (IHCs) are specialized to process developmental signals during immature stages and sound stimuli in adult animals. These signals are conveyed onto auditory afferent nerve fibres. Neurotransmitter release at IHC ribbon synapses is controlled by L-type CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels, the biophysics of which are still unknown in native mammalian cells. We have investigated the localization and elementary properties of Ca2+ channels in immature mouse IHCs under near-physiological recording conditions. CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels at the cell pre-synaptic site co-localize with about half of the total number of ribbons present in immature IHCs. These channels activated at relatively hyperpolarized membrane potentials (about -70 mV), showed a relatively short first latency and weak inactivation, which would allow IHCs to generate and accurately encode spontaneous Ca2+ action potential activity characteristic of these immature cells. The CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels showed a very low open probability (about 0.15 at -20 mV: near the peak of an action potential). Comparison of elementary and macroscopic Ca2+ currents indicated that very few Ca2+ channels are associated with each docked vesicle at IHC ribbon synapses. Finally, we found that the open probability of Ca2+ channels, but not their opening time, was voltage dependent. This finding provides a possible correlation between presynaptic Ca2+ channel properties and the characteristic frequency/amplitude of EPSCs in auditory afferent fibres.
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TY - JOUR TI - Elementary properties of CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels expressed in mouse cochlear inner hair cells AU - Valeria Zampini AU - Stuart Leigh Johnson AU - Christoph Franz AU - Neil D. Lawrence AU - Stefan Muenkner Jutta Engel AU - Marlies Knipper AU - Jacopo Magistretti AU - Sergio Masetto AU - Walter Marcotti DA - 2010/01/01 ID - Zampini-elementary09 VL - 588 SP - 187 EP - 189 DO - 10.1113/jphysiol.2009.181917 UR - http://inverseprobability.com/publications/zampini-elementary09.html AB - Mammalian cochlear inner hair cells (IHCs) are specialized to process developmental signals during immature stages and sound stimuli in adult animals. These signals are conveyed onto auditory afferent nerve fibres. Neurotransmitter release at IHC ribbon synapses is controlled by L-type CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels, the biophysics of which are still unknown in native mammalian cells. We have investigated the localization and elementary properties of Ca2+ channels in immature mouse IHCs under near-physiological recording conditions. CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels at the cell pre-synaptic site co-localize with about half of the total number of ribbons present in immature IHCs. These channels activated at relatively hyperpolarized membrane potentials (about -70 mV), showed a relatively short first latency and weak inactivation, which would allow IHCs to generate and accurately encode spontaneous Ca2+ action potential activity characteristic of these immature cells. The CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels showed a very low open probability (about 0.15 at -20 mV: near the peak of an action potential). Comparison of elementary and macroscopic Ca2+ currents indicated that very few Ca2+ channels are associated with each docked vesicle at IHC ribbon synapses. Finally, we found that the open probability of Ca2+ channels, but not their opening time, was voltage dependent. This finding provides a possible correlation between presynaptic Ca2+ channel properties and the characteristic frequency/amplitude of EPSCs in auditory afferent fibres. ER -
APA
Zampini, V., Johnson, S.L., Franz, C., Lawrence, N.D., Engel, S.M.J., Knipper, M., Magistretti, J., Masetto, S. & Marcotti, W.. (2010). Elementary properties of CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels expressed in mouse cochlear inner hair cells. The Journal of Physiology 588:187-189 doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2009.181917 Available from http://inverseprobability.com/publications/zampini-elementary09.html.

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