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Taurine-Induced Single-Channel Currents in Cultured Rat Cerebellar Granule Cells

  • M.-L. Linne
  • T. O. Jalonen
  • P. Saransaari
  • S. S. Oja
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 403)


Taurine increases Cl- conductance across neuronal membranes, leading to changes in neuronal excitability12, 25. However, the exact mechanisms of these taurine effects are not yet known. For instance, taurine may act via metabotropic receptors coupled to a second-messenger system or via ionotropic receptors gating ion channels. Indeed, taurine has been shown to interfere with the binding of GABA to both ionotropic GABAA 22 and metabotropic GABAB 19 receptors and to displace strychnine from ionotropic glycine receptors17. Moreover, the existence of a specific taurine receptor is not excluded18, 20, 27.


Cerebellar Granule Cell Glycine Receptor Spinal Cord Neuron Primary Afferent Terminal Nonselective Cation Conductance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.-L. Linne
    • 1
  • T. O. Jalonen
    • 2
  • P. Saransaari
    • 1
  • S. S. Oja
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Tampere Brain Research Center, Medical SchoolUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.Division of NeurosurgeryAlbany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA
  3. 3.Department of Clinical PhysiologyTampere University HospitalTampereFinland

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