Potentiation of retinal horizontal cell responses to L-glutamate by D-aspartate

Andrew Ishida

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Type H1 horizontal cells depolarize when either L-glutamate or L-aspartate is added at millimolar concentrations to Ringer superfused over the photoreceptor side of the isolated goldfish retina. When applied in the presence of D-aspartate, however, L-glutamate depolarizes H1 cells at nearly 15-fold lower concentrations. Despite the fact that L-aspartate and L-glutamate are equally capable of producing depolarizations of H1 cells when applied alone, the effects of L-aspartateare not potentiated by either D-aspartate or D-glutamate. Since D-aspartate seems also to enhance the effect of neurotransmitter released by cone photoreceptors, these results are consistent with the possibility that L-glutamate is released by cones as a neurotransmitters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalBiomedical Research
Issue numberSuppl.
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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