The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is widely expressed throughout the central nervous system (CNS) and the functionality of type-1 cannabinoid receptors in neurons is well documented. In contrast, there is little knowledge about type-2 cannabinoid receptors (CB(2)Rs) in the CNS. Here, we show that CB(2)Rs are located intracellularly in layer II/III pyramidal cells of the rodent medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and that their activation results in IP3R-dependent opening of Ca2+-activated Cl- channels. To investigate the functional role of CB2R activation, we induced neuronal firing and observed a CB2R-mediated reduction in firing frequency. The description of this unique CB2R-mediated signaling pathway, controlling neuronal excitability, broadens our knowledge of the influence of the eCB system on brain function.
|Titolo:||Excitability of prefrontal cortical pyramidal neurons is modulated by activation of intracellular type-2 cannabinoid receptors|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|