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1 “To Be or Not to Be … an Inhibitory Neurotransmitter by Frank Miskevich, Department of Biology, University of Michigan-Flint_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________“Why so glum, Jessica?” George asked as he walked into the lounge.“It’s my thesis experiments,” Jessica replied, throwing her pencil down in disgust. “They aren’t making any sense.”George laughed. “Well at least you get to stay inside and look through a microscope! Larry was sitting outside for four hours in the rain counting grackles yesterday. What kind of cells are you looking at again?”“Neurons. I finally got them to grow in a dish and can record from them, but my data are really weird.”
2 record them chatting away.” “You must need a smallMicrophone torecord them chatting away.”“Not sound,” Jessica replied. “Yourecord electrical activity with asmall electrode stuck into the cell.Every time I stimulate them withneurotransmitter I get somespikes.” She flipped through a couple of open windows on herlaptop. “Like this one here. It’s called a trace.”Image of neuron by MethoxyRoxy, CreativeCommons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.53 sec40 mV
3 Clicker Question #1“So how can neurons carry electrical signals?” George asks innocently.“I’ve heard of dendrites and axons and stuff, but it never made muchsense to me. Aren’t axons and dendrites just like wires that connectto each other using chemical signals?”Jessica answers:A. they use Morse code--where do you think that came from?B. cells have tiny metal wires going throughout the cell.C. they use positive and negative ions moving through proteinchannels scattered over the whole length of the cell.D. they bring positive ions in through dendrites and negative ionsin through axons.E. they bring negative ions in through dendrites and positive ionsClick to review neurons and ions.
4 “Wait a minute,” George said. “That doesn’t make sense. I thought membranes were supposed to keep ions and stuff like that in cells.”“They do,” Jessica agreed, “but proteins can help molecules movethrough a membrane. Our cells have a lot of different proteins ontheir membranes, especially neurons. Some of us may even havemore neurons than others.”Cl-Ca2+Na+Na+Na+Cl-Cl-Na+K+K+Na+Na+Cl-Cl-Cl-Ca2+K+Ca2+K+K+Cl-Na+Cl-Cl-Cl-Cl-K+Na+Ca2+Na+K+K+Cl-
5 Clicker Question #2“OK then, brainiac, why would ions want to move into a neuron if you dump neurotransmitter on it?” George demanded sarcastically.A. Because ions bind hormones and hormones like to enter cells.B. Because cells can engulf things like ions and bring them in.C. Because positive ions always move into a negatively charged cell.D. Because negative ions always move into a positively charged cell.E. Because ions move through channels according to theirelectrochemical gradient.
6 “Electrochemical gradient? Sounds like chemistry to me,” George said. “Are you telling me it works justlike diffusion of a dye in water?”Jessica smiled. “Exactly! Except it’s not just concentration thatmoves the ions but also electrical charge. Neuronsare normally negatively charged on the inside.They spike when they become more positive.”Click to review electrochemical gradientClick to review types of diffusion.“If you say so. Then I guess you cause neurons to spike by dumpinga neurotransmitter onto the cells?”“Yep. The one I’m studying is known as GABA,” Jessica replied. “Itusually makes neurons more negative and keeps them from firing.”
7 Clicker Questions #3George looks interested. “So what kind of protein lets negative ions in when you add a chemical neurotransmitter?”A. Ligand gated channelsB. Voltage gated channelsC. Mechanosensitive channelsD. Uniport transportersE. Co-transportersClick to reviewprotein channels.Click to reviewprotein transporters.
8 Clicker Question #4George looked skeptical. “OK, I get that a channel works like a gateto let ions into or out of the cell depending upon conditions. Then what?What happens to the ions after they move into the cell?”Jessica smiled serenely and replied:A. other ions then help move them out and they go on from there.B. ATP is used by various pumps to push ions back out of the cell.C. ATP binds to the ions and carries them back out of the cell.D. a different channel opens and lets the same ions move back out.E. so few ions cross the membrane that concentrations do notchange enough to matter.Click to review active transporters
9 George nodded. “I get it. When you put, what was it, GABA, on your cells, channels open and let ions in. So what kind of ion does GABAlet into a cell?”“Chloride. When more chloride goes into a neuron, it makes cells more negative and therefore they shouldn’t spike as well.” Jessica sighed.“Fair enough. So what’s your problem?”Jessica looked deflated. “GABA is supposed to make cells morenegative, which keeps them from spiking. In some of my cultures, it’sdoing the exact opposite. At day 9 it seems to make them more positive and causes them to spike. All of my other neurotransmitters work the same way at both ages. Here’s the data. See for yourself.”
10 adding glutamate adding GABA adding acetylcholine culture day 9 neurotransmitter additionsadding glutamateadding GABAadding acetylcholineculture day 9culture day 143 sec40 mV
11 George whistled. “I see what you mean. Day 9 neurons are spiking when you add GABA. That’s not supposed to happen, is it?”“No, it isn’t,” Jessica snarled. “I’ve done the experiment five times now, and every time I try it I see the same thing. Young neurons spike in response to GABA. I don’t get it.”“Are the neurons making a different GABA channel?” George asked.“A different protein might respond differently.”“I thought of that,” Jessica replied. “I checked my cells, and theexact same GABA channel is there at both ages. If the same proteinis there then it should react the same way.”
12 George asked, “Can other ions go through channels activated by GABA?” “No, they’re specific,” Jessica answered. “I even looked for other GABA channels that might be made here. There aren’t any. I don’tknow what to do next.”George thought for a minute. “It’s a tough one, all right. Are there any ther proteins that might be different?”“Only 25,000 or so,” Jessica moaned. “I can’t go looking for a needlein a haystack. I need to graduate this May!”“Well, I’m not really a scientist, so I can’t help you. But there must besomething different between them. Maybe the chloride doesn’t like the smell inside the young neurons?”
13 “Ions can’t smell, George,” Jessica responded. “Well something must be stimulating those neurons. I still thinkthe chloride ions don’t like it in the cell for some reason. When in doubt,go back to the basics I always say. Anyway, I gotta run. Will I see youat the party next Friday?” George asked.“Not unless I can figure this thing out before then,” Jessica grumbled.Clicker Question #5Which first principle will control the direction of a chemical reactionsuch as ion flow across a membrane?A. EntropyB. EnthalpyC. Free energyD. Uncertainty principleE. Newton’s first law of motion
14 On Friday, Jessica walked up to George at the party. “Hi George. You know, you’re smarter than you look.”“Of course I am. Ummm, exactly how am I smarter?”“You told me to go back to first principles.” Jessica smiled. “Itworked! Have you ever heard of free energy?”“As opposed to slave energy”" George asked, looking puzzled.“Ha ha. Spoken like a true historian. No, free energy is what makesions move in a particular direction across a membrane.”“OK,” George asked after a long pause, “so how does it do that?”Click to reviewDG equations
15 “It all comes from this one equation.” George stepped back. “Don’t you go pointing that equation at me.I left math a long time ago and don’t want to go back.”Jessica smiled. “OK, I’ll just show you the details. I promise not tomake you do the calculations. In words, free energy is determinedby two things: the concentration of the ion on both sides of themembrane...”“Right, diffusion,” George interrupted.“Yes. Both concentration and the electrical properties of the cell andthe ion. Here, let me show you.” Jessica pulled out her mobile phoneand brought up a picture.DG = RT*ln[Sc]in/[Sc]out + zFVp
16 Jessica explained, “If GABA is working as an inhibitory transmitter, Cl-inhibitionexcitationCl-K+-70 mV to-40 mVNa+-70 mV to-80 mVCa2+Jessica explained, “If GABA is working as an inhibitory transmitter,the neurons should become more negative. This is what they are doingin the older neurons. If GABA is working to excite neurons, thenchloride must be flowing out of the cell. Follow?”“Barely, but go ahead,” George said.
17 “So I thought about free energy and the equation. One way to make chloride enter a cell is to lower the intracellular concentration ofchloride when it get older. There are only a few proteins that cando that, so I started looking.” Jessica smiled. “Have you ever heardof a protein called KCC2?”George stared, waiting. “You don’t really expect an answer, do you?”Cl-GABAGABACl-KCC2young neuronsold neurons
18 “KCC2 is a symporter, and carries potassium and chloride ions out of the cell. I don’t see any effects based on potassium, but if chlorideis lower on the inside of the cell, GABA will open the same exactchannel on the cell surface and chloride will flow into the cell insteadof out of the cell. KCC2 is only found in older neurons. Here’s thesituation. For free energy, we only worry about chloride.”-70 mV overall10 mM Na+120 mM K+20 mM Cl--70 mV overall12 mM Na+115 mM K+8 mM Cl-extracellular150 mM Na+2 mM K+150 mM Cl-KCC2young neuronsold neurons
19 DG= RT*ln([Clin]/[Clout]) + zFVp DG= 1.987*310* ln (0.020/0.15) + (-1)*23062*(-.07)DG=DG= +373 cal/mol, so the result is that chloride ions flowout of the cell rather than into it.- in very young neurons, GABA is an excitatoryneurotransmitter- negative charges flowing out makes a cellmore positiveCl-GABA
20 DG= RT*ln([Clin]/[Clout]) + zFVp DG= 1.987*310* ln (0.008/0.15) + (-1)*23062*(-.07)DG=DG= -192 cal/mol, or now flows INTO the cell- changing the intracellular chloride concentrationconverts GABA from an excitatoryneurotransmitter to an inhibitory one- neurons require very low intracellular chloridefor neurotransmitters to be inhibitory- neurotransmitters start out excitatory, and become inhibitory over timeGABACl-KCC2
21 George looked impressed. “So by lowering the chloride concentration in older neurons, KCC2 turns GABA into an inhibitory transmitter.Is that useful for anything?”Jessica smiled happily. “It seems to be important for making synapsesinitially. If target cells don’t become excited, they don’t know thatan axon is trying to make contact with them.”George grinned at Jessica. “Hey, I’m all for making contact. Are youbusy later tonight?”Jessica grinned back. “Sorry, George, I’m an old neuron. It takes alot more than that to get me excited!”
23 Neurons in ActionNeurons in particular spend a lot of energy controlling their ions.The “electrical signals” neurons use to carry information are all based on the controlled flow of ions across the membrane at the right time.Balance of the various ions is critical for the neuron to function.How can this neuron controlit’s ion balance?Which ions are most important?Image of neuron by MethoxyRoxy, CreativeCommons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
24 Transport Across Membranes Ca2+Cl-Na+Na+Na+Cl-Cl-Na+K+K+Na+Na+Cl-Cl-Cl-Ca2+K+Ca2+K+K+Cl-Na+Cl-Cl-Cl-Cl-K+Ca2+Na+Na+K+K+Cl-All cells regulate the materials, particularly ions, that travel across the cell membrane.Membrane transporters, channels, and pumps work together to maintain the ion concentrations inside the cell.
25 Neurons and Neurotransmitters Neurons must have tight control over their ion balances.They use “electrical signals,” which are really changes in membrane potential, to carry information.Neurons carefully regulate their resting potential to around -70 mV using multiple different ion pumps and channels.K+Na+Cl-
26 Neurons and Neurotransmitters Excitatory neurotransmitters depolarize neurons (move more positive).Inhibitory neurotransmitters hyperpolarize neurons (move more negative).Neurotransmitters allow ions to flow through ligand gated ion channels known as neurotransmitter receptors.The direction of the ion flow determines whether the neurotransmitter is excitatory or inhibitory (note the importance of Cl- for inhibition!)Cl-inhibitionexcitationCl-K+-70 mV to-40 mVNa+-70 mV to-80 mVCa2+return to the case
27 Why Molecules Move Across Membranes Membrane potential: relative net charge onopposite sides of a membrane.Typical cell membrane potential, orresting potential, is ~ -60 mVinsides of cells are more negative.Electrochemical gradient: combined electricaland chemical free energies for a given ion.--+-+-+--+--+-++-+-++--outside insidereturn to the case
28 Transport Across Membranes Transport proteins: proteins which recognize a substrate and catalyzeits movement across a membrane.For facilitated diffusion, solutes move down their concentration gradientDG is negative because diffusion is energetically favorable.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
29 Transport Across Membranes Active transport: energy requiring reactionsmoving them against their gradients.Ions are frequent targets of transporters.ADPXXATP
30 Simple Diffusion Across Membranes Simple diffusion is always energetically favorable-- no cellular energyrequired because it is always a decrease in DG.Diffusion rate is directly proportional to the difference in concentration.Facilitated diffusion is enzyme mediate d- follows Michaelis-Mentenkinetics and will plateau at the transporter’s maximum rate.simple diffusiontransport ratefacilitated diffusionConcentration of solute
31 Review Question #1For neurons to bring more potassium ions (K+) inside the cell than outside, which type of transport is most likely to be used?A. Simple diffusionB. Facilitated diffusionC. Active transportD. None of the above
32 Review Question #2For a steroid hormone such as testosterone, which of the following ways would be used for the hormone to enter a neuron?A. Simple diffusionB. Facilitated diffusionC. Active transportD. None of the above
33 Facilitated Diffusion Transporters can move either 1 or 2 types of solutes at a time.Uniport: transports 1 specific solute.Cotransport: transports 2 different solutes at the same time (coupled)functionally, it requires both solutes so if 1 is absent, transport fails.Symport: two solutes,same direction.abbaaAntiport: two solutes moved in the opposite direction.
34 Facilitated Diffusion Erythrocyte anion exchange protein: antiport proteinfacilitates the exchange of bicarbonate ions HCO3- for chloride Cl-Very selective and specific: 1 chloride, 1 bicarbonate,no other ions, both must be present to transport.Antiport is required to overcome the electical workof transporting a single ion across the membran.eErythrocytes have the enzyme carbonic anhydrase to convert CO2 intobicarbonate HCO3- goes from a membrane permeable molecule to animpermeable form.Required to get CO2 from tissues to lungs;in lungs, the process is reversed.Cl-HCO3-Cl-Cl-Cl-HCO3-HCO3-HCO3-HCO3-CO2 + OH-HCO3-HCO3-
35 Facilitated Diffusion KCC2 (potassium-chloride cotransporter 2) is a symporter found onneurons in the nervous system.Its job is to use the potassium electrochemical gradient to move chlorideions out of the cell (taking one potassium ion with it).Cl-Cl-Cl-K+K+Cl-K+Cl-K+Cl-K+K+K+Cl-Cl-potential ~ -70 mVCl-K+K+K+K+Cl-Cl-Cl-This is an absolutely essential protein for the maturation of neuronsanimals missing this protein die at birth.return to case
36 Channel ProteinsUnlike transporters, channels form a hydrophilic corridor through amembrane to allow ions to move across a membrane directly; ie. noindividual ion binding is necessary in a channel.Channels are usually ion selective: allow movement of 1 or few ions.Anion/cation selectivity is controlled by extracellular region (vestibule).hole for ionsImages generated using rasmol from 2BG9.pdb fileextracellularmembrane region
37 Channel ProteinsIon channels are usually gated: closed until specifically openedusually only opened for a period of time before closing again.Three broad types of channels:1. ligand gated: channels open in response to a chemical signal.2. voltage gated: channels open after changes in membrane potential.3. mechanosensitive: mechanical forces; i.e., touch and hearing (sound).XXImages generated using rasmol from 2BG9.pdb filemembrane+++++ligand gated voltage gated mechanosensitive
38 Review Question #3For a neurotransmitter receptor such as glutamate, which type of transporter or channel do you think would be activated in order to use sodium ions to quickly depolarize the neuron (i.e., make the inside more positive)?A. UniporterB. SymporterC. Ligand gated channelD. Voltage gated channelE. Mechanosensitive channel
39 Review Question #4In order to repolarize the neuron (i.e., take the neuron back more negative as quickly as it went positive), which type of transporter or channel is likely responsible if potassium is the ion out of the cell?A. UniporterB. SymporterC. Ligand gated channelD. Voltage gated channelE. Mechanosensitive channel
40 Review Question #5What type of transporters or channels will restore the ion balances and move ions against their gradient?A. UniporterB. SymporterC. Ligand gated channelD. Voltage gated channelE. Mechanosensitive channelreturn to case
41 Active TransportActive transport: energy requiring process to move a solute up aconcentration gradient; must not only move the solute but couple it toan energy yielding reaction.Three primary functions of active transport:1. concentrates essential nutrients.2. removes secretory or wasteproducts from a cell.3. maintains concentrationof intracellular ions to keep aconstant resting potential.ADPglycineATPADPtoxinATPADPNa+K+ATP
42 Active TransportDirect active transport: accumulation of solute is coupled directly to an exergonic reaction, usually hydrolysis of ATP. Direct active transporters are often referred to as pumps.There are four distinct types of ATPase pumps.P-type ATPases: pumps themselves become phosphorylated hydrolysis of the phosphate provides –DG. Always cation transporters (+).Best known example: Na+/K+ pump moving Na+ out and K+ in common in eukaryotes, less common (still present) in prokaryotes.Na+ADPPPPATPK+
43 Active TransportV-type ATPases: “vesicle”pumps force protons into organelles suchas vacuoles, endosomes, and golgi complex.Transport subunit is a transmembrane protein.Peripheral protein component is the ATPase.Allosteric changes in the peripheral protein are coupled to changes in the transport subunit that causes the actual movement of protons.ATPADP + PH+H+H+H+
44 Active TransportF-type ATPases: “factor” multicomponent pumps superficially like V-type moves protons across a membrane, and composed of a transmembrane component and a peripheral ATPase component.Found in mitochondria, chloroplasts, and bacteria.Is reversible – proton gradients can force the synthesis of ATP.H+F1 complexF0 complexmatrixADP +PATP
45 Active TransportABC-type ATPases: “ATP binding cassette” large family of pumps from mostly bacteria, but eukaryotes as well.Contains 4 subunits: 2 integral membrane proteins, 2 peripheral.Generally different polypeptides associated in a complex, broad transport range.Transporters carry ions, sugars, amino acids, or drugs, i.e., multi-drug resistance protein (MDR), or cystic fibrosis (CFTR).Like all active transporters, ABC-typemove things AGAINST their gradient.ADPATP
46 Active TransportIndirect active transport: transport driven by ion gradients often associated with the simultaneous movement of other ions, usually Na+ or H+ down their concentration gradient.Animal cells use sodium ion gradients to power uptake of many sugarsbacterial cells typically use proton (H+) gradients.Cells also use indirect active transport to remove Ca2+ as an antiporter, i.e., Na+ ions come in while Ca2+ leave.Some other mechanism creates thesodium or proton gradient.Ca2+Na+
47 Review Question #6The protein which is damaged in cystic fibrosis is known as CFTR. It is a protein which uses ATP to move Cl- out of cells by binding to ATP, pushing the chloride out, hydrolyzing ATP to ADP + P and relaxing, thus releasing ADP. This is an example of a(n):A. P-type ATPaseB. V-type ATPaseC. F-type ATPaseD. ABC-type ATPaseE. Indirect active transporter
48 Review Question #7KCC2 is the potassium- chloride cotransporter mentioned earlier. It moves both Cl- and K+ ions out of the cell. This is a(n):A. P-type ATPaseB. V-type ATPaseC. F-type ATPaseD. ABC-type ATPaseE. Indirect active transporter
49 Active TransportNa+/K+ pump is a key direct active transporter and is found in every cellcells keep sodium ions out and potassium ions in[Na+]out/[Na+]in ~ 22:1, while [K+]out/[K+]in ~ 0.03P-type ATPase that is inherently directional; i.e., Na+ ions on the insidealong with ATP binding, with K+ ions on the outside.Main protein responsible for creating the sodium and potassium gradientsin all cells, particularly useful in repolarizing neurons.Na+Na+Na+Na+Na+K+Na+Na+Na+Na+K+K+Na+Na+ATPNa+Na+Na+Na+PPK+K+K+ADPK+K+K+K+Na+K+return to case
50 Transport EnergeticsJust like every other chemical reaction, there is an overall -DG in everytransport reaction (even in light driven ones, some energy is wasted).2 different factors play a role in the energetics: concentration and charge.For uncharged molecules, DG is determined only by concentration.For the reaction Sout SinDG= RT*ln[S]in/[S]out i.e., if [S]in <[S]out, then -DG and spontaneous,(Note that this is the same formula for any equilibrium reaction)If [S]out< [S]in, energy is required to drive the solute into the cell.
51 Transport EnergeticsFor charged solutes, DG depends upon the electrochemcial gradient.For the reaction Scout ScinDG = RT*ln[Sc]in/[Sc]out + zFVp (added term to deal with the charge!)R = gas constant cal/(mol oK)T = temperature in degrees KelvinSc = charged solute, i.e., what ion is being consideredF = Faraday constant (23062 cal/mol) used with electricity in physicsz = charge on the ionVp = membrane potential in voltsi.e., negative charge with a negative membrane potential, DG goes uppositive charge with a negative membrane potential, DG goes down.
52 Transport EnergeticsWhat is the DG of Na+ ions moving into a cell at 25 oC if the resting Vpis -60 mV, the internal [Na+]= 12mM and the external [Na+]=150 mM?The chemical “reaction” for this transport is Na+out Na+inDG = RT*ln[Na+]in/[Na+]out +zFVp substitute into the equation...DG = 1.987*298*ln(0.012/0.150) + (+1)*23062*(-.060)DG= 592*ln(0.08)+ ( )DG=DG = cal/mol, so sodium ions flow into the cell (i.e., in the forwarddirection of the equilibrium “reaction”)
53 Review Question #8For a negatively charged ion like chloride, if there is more chloride outside the cell than inside, how likely is it to move across the membrane at 25oC if the membrane potential is -70 mV?Remember, DG = RT*ln[Sc]in/[Sc]out + zFVpA. Likely – has a negative DGB. Unlikely – has a positive DGC. Could move either direction depending upon the concentrationsD. Can’t tell – not enough information givenHint: Consider charge and concentration separately!return to case