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Behavioral studies using pharmacological tools have implicated histamine H receptors in cognitive function via their interactions with N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) in the hippocampus. However, little is known about the neurophysiological mechanism that underlies the interaction between H receptors and NMDARs. To explore how H receptor activation affects hippocampal excitatory neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity, this study aimed to examine the effect of H receptor ligands on both NMDAR-mediated synaptic currents and long-term potentiation (LTP) at synapses between Schaffer collaterals and CA1 pyramidal neurons using acute mouse hippocampal slices. We found that the H receptor antagonist/inverse agonists, pyrilamine (0.1 μM) and cetirizine (10 μM), decreased the NMDAR-mediated component of stimulation-induced excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) recorded from CA1 pyramidal neurons without affecting the AMPA receptor-mediated component of EPSCs and its paired pulse ratio. Pretreatment of slices with either the glial metabolism inhibitor, fluoroacetate (5 mM), or D-serine (100 μM) diminished the pyrilamine- or cetirizine-induced attenuation of the NMDAR-mediated EPSCs. Furthermore, the LTP of field excitatory postsynaptic potentials induced following high frequency stimulation of Schaffer collaterals was attenuated with application of pyrilamine or cetirizine. Pretreatment with D-serine again attenuated the pyrilamine-induced suppression of LTP. Our data suggest that H receptors in the CA1 can undergo persistent activation induced by their constitutive receptor activity and/or tonic release of endogenous histamine, resulting in facilitation of the NMDAR activity in a manner dependent of astrocytes and the release of D-serine. This led to the enhancement of NMDA-component EPSC and LTP at the Schaffer collateral-CA1 pyramidal neuron synapses.
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An amino acid that, as the D-isomer, is the defining agonist for the NMDA receptor subtype of glutamate receptors (RECEPTORS, NMDA).
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