Lactate enhances NMDA receptor responses via two distinct mechanisms

Gabriel Herrera-Lopez, Fouad Lemtiri-Chlieh, Hanan S. Mahmood, Lorene Mottier, Hubert Fiumelli, Pierre J. Magistretti

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Lactate is known as an energy substrate for neurons. It is also emerging as a trophic signaling molecule regulating higher brain functions such as learning and memory. Lactate was shown to potentiate NMDA receptor signaling and regulate gene expression related to synaptic plasticity. Using patch-clamp recordings in cultured cortical neurons, we found that lactate enhanced amplitude and inactivation time-constant (tau) of NMDA receptor currents (INMDA) evoked by brief applications of glutamate and glycine. The effect on the amplitude was prevented by pre-treating neurons with a MCTs blocker or by including CaMKII inhibitors in the patch pipette, whereas the effect on tau was not.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S397-S398
Number of pages1
JournalIBRO Reports
StatePublished - Sep 2019

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