Alcohol excites Cerebellar Golgi Cells by inhibiting the Na+/K+ ATPase (Botta et al.2010)

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Patch-clamp in cerebellar slices and computer modeling show that ethanol excites Golgi cells by inhibiting the Na+/K+ ATPase. In particular, voltage-clamp recordings of Na+/K+ ATPase currents indicated that ethanol partially inhibits this pump and this effect could be mimicked by low concentrations of the Na+/K+ ATPase blocker ouabain. The partial inhibition of Na+/K+ ATPase in a computer model of the Golgi cell reproduced these experimental findings that established a novel mechanism of action of ethanol on neural excitability.
1 . Botta P, de Souza FM, Sangrey T, De Schutter E, Valenzuela CF (2010) Alcohol excites cerebellar Golgi cells by inhibiting the Na+/K+ ATPase. Neuropsychopharmacology 35:1984-96 [PubMed]
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Model Type: Neuron or other electrically excitable cell; Electrogenic pump;
Brain Region(s)/Organism: Cerebellum;
Cell Type(s): Cerebellum golgi cell;
Channel(s): Na/K pump;
Gap Junctions:
Gene(s): HCN1;
Simulation Environment: NEURON;
Model Concept(s): Detailed Neuronal Models; Markov-type model; Alcohol Use Disorder;
Implementer(s): Simoes-de-Souza, Fabio [fabio.souza at];
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