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Reelin secretion from glutamatergic neurons in culture is independent from neurotransmitter regulation.

Reelin (Reln) is a glycoprotein that in postnatal and adult mammalian brain is believed to be secreted from telencephalic GABAergic interneurons and cerebellar glutamatergic granule neurons into the extracellular matrix. To address the question of whether Reln neurosecretion occurs via a regulated or a constitutive process, we exposed postnatal rat cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs) maintained in culture for 7-9 days to: (i) 100 microM N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) in a Mg(+2)-free medium to stimulate NMDA-selective glutamate receptors and Ca(2+)-dependent neurotransmitter release, (ii) 50 mM KCl to depolarize the cells and elicit Ca(2+)-dependent exocytosis, (iii) 10-100 microM nicotine to activate excocytosis by nicotinic receptors present in these cells, (iv) 10 microM 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-6-nitro-2, 3-dioxo-benzo[f]quinoxaline-7-sulfonamide in combination with 10 microM dizocilpine to block alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid- and NMDA-preferring glutamate receptors activated by endogenously released glutamate, or (v) EGTA (5 mM) to virtually eliminate extracellular Ca(2+) and block Ca(2+)-dependent exocytosis. Although, CGNs express and secrete Reln (measured by quantitative immunoblotting), none of the above-mentioned conditions that control regulated exocytosis alters the stores or the rate of Reln release. In contrast, application of either: (i) a Reln antisense oligonucleotide (5'-GCAATGTGCAGGGAAATG-3') (10 microM) that reduces Reln biosynthesis or (ii) brefeldin A (5 x 10(-5) M), an inhibitor of the traffic of proteins between the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi network, sharply curtail the rate of Reln secretion. Because, in subcellular fractionation studies, we have shown that Reln is not contained in synaptic vesicles, these data suggest that Reln secretion from CGNs does not require Ca(2+)-dependent exocytosis, but probably is related to a Reln pool stored in Golgi secretory vesicles mediating a constitutive secretory pathway.[1]


  1. Reelin secretion from glutamatergic neurons in culture is independent from neurotransmitter regulation. Lacor, P.N., Grayson, D.R., Auta, J., Sugaya, I., Costa, E., Guidotti, A. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2000) [Pubmed]
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