Real-time detection of GABA-induced synaptic glutamate release in cultured rat cortex

Keiichi Torimitsu, Osamu Niwa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

20 Citations (Scopus)


GLUTAMATE is an important neurotransmitter in synaptic transmission. There are no methods, however, for continuous measurement of glutamate concentration at high temporal and spatial resolutions. We have developed a novel electrochemical detection method for the on-line measurement of glutamate release with nanomolar resolution in real time. Using this method, GABA was found to have a modulatory action on the synaptic glutamate release in cultured rat cortical cells. This synaptic modulation largely depends on the GABA(A) receptor and could be a key not only in neural development, but also in signal transduction in the brain. Our detection method is ideal for investigating such synaptic glutamate responses because of its higher sensitivity and real-time measurement capability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1358
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jun 21
Externally publishedYes


  • Cortical cell
  • Culture
  • Electrochemical detection
  • GABA
  • Glutamate
  • Os polyvinylpyridine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Real-time detection of GABA-induced synaptic glutamate release in cultured rat cortex'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this