Genetic deletion of monoacylglycerol lipase alters endocannabinoid-mediated retrograde synaptic depression in the cerebellum

Peng Zhong, Bin Pan, Xiu ping Gao, Jacqueline L. Blankman, Benjamin F. Cravatt, Qing song Liu

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Abstract

The endocannabinoid (eCB) 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) is hydrolysed primarily by monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL). Here, we investigated whether eCB-mediated retrograde synaptic depression in cerebellar slices was altered in MAGL knockout (MAGL -/-) mice. Depolarization-induced suppression of excitation (DSE) and metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR1)-mediated synaptic depression are mediated by 2-AG-induced activation of CB 1 receptors. We show that genetic deletion of MAGL prolonged DSE at parallel fibre (PF) or climbing fibre (CF) to Purkinje cell (PC) synapses. Likewise, mGluR1-mediated synaptic depression, induced either by high-frequency stimulation of PF or mGluR1 agonist DHPG, was prolonged in MAGL -/- mice. About 15% of 2-AG in the brain is hydrolysed by serine hydrolase α-β-hydrolase domain 6 and 12 (ABHD6 and ABHD12). However, the selective ABHD6 inhibitor WWL123 had no significant effect on cerebellar DSE in MAGL +/+ and -/- mice. The CB 1 receptor antagonist SR141716 significantly increased the amplitude of basal excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) in MAGL -/- mice but not in MAGL +/+ mice. Conversely, the CB 1 agonist WIN55212 induced less depression of basal EPSCs in MAGL -/- mice than in MAGL +/+ mice. These results provide genetic evidence that inactivation of 2-AG by MAGL determines the time course of eCB-mediated retrograde synaptic depression and that genetic deletion of MAGL causes tonic activation and consequential desensitization of CB 1 receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4847-4855
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physiology
Volume589
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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