Taurine 8 pp 85-99 | Cite as

Taurine Regulation of Voltage-Gated Channels in Retinal Neurons

  • Matthew J. M. Rowan
  • Simon Bulley
  • Lauren A. Purpura
  • Harris Ripps
  • Wen ShenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 775)


Taurine activates not only Cl-permeable ionotropic receptors but also receptors that mediate metabotropic responses. The metabotropic property of taurine was revealed in electrophysiological recordings obtained after fully blocking Cl-permeable receptors with an inhibitory “cocktail” consisting of picrotoxin, SR95531, and strychnine. We found that taurine’s metabotropic effects regulate voltage-gated channels in retinal neurons. After applying the inhibitory cocktail, taurine enhanced delayed outward rectifier K+ channels preferentially in Off-bipolar cells, and the effect was completely blocked by the specific PKC inhibitor, GF109203X. Additionally, taurine also acted through a metabotropic pathway to suppress both L- and N-type Ca2+ channels in retinal neurons, which were insensitive to the potent GABAB receptor inhibitor, CGP55845. This study reinforces our previous finding that taurine in physiological concentrations produces a multiplicity of metabotropic effects that precisely govern the integration of signals being transmitted from the retina to the brain.


Bipolar Cell Channel Current Amacrine Cell GABAB Receptor Retinal Neuron 
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α-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid


γ-Aminobutyric acid


Inner plexiform layer


Outer nuclear layer


Inner nuclear layer


Ganglion cell layer



This work was supported by research grants to W.S. from NSF (1021646) and NIH (EY14161).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew J. M. Rowan
    • 1
  • Simon Bulley
    • 1
  • Lauren A. Purpura
    • 1
  • Harris Ripps
    • 2
    • 3
  • Wen Shen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical ScienceCharles E Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesUniversity of Illinois College of MedicineChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Marine Biological LaboratoryWoods HoleUSA

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