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The expression of G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ channels GIRK1 and GIRK2 mRNAs in the supraoptic nucleus of the rat and possible role involved.

J H Li, Z D You, C Y Song, C L Lu, C He

Neuroreport, 2001 Apr 17 , 12, 1007-10

The expression of G-protein-gated inwardly rectifying K channels subunits GIRK1 and GIRK2 mRNAs in the supraoptic nucleus (SON) was investigated in the rat by in situ hybridization with non-radioactive dig-labeled cRNA probes. Double-labeled methods were used to study the co-localization of GIRK1 and 2 and oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) in the SON. The present study revealed wide and intense expression of GIRK1 and GIRK2 mRNAs with high overlapping in the SON, indicating the heterologous channel of GIRK1/GIRK2 was a major functional channel in the SON. Given that 100% of OT-positive and 95% of (AVP)-positive neurons in the SON expressed GIRK1/GIRK2 mRNAs, it is possible that GIRK1/GIRK2 channel, activated through G-protein coupled receptors, may be involved in the inhibitory regulation of the release of OT and AVP from the SON.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11303735