Regulation of synaptic vesicles pools within motor nerve terminals during short-term facilitation and neuromodulation

S. Logsdon, A. F.M. Johnstone, K. Viele, R. L. Cooper

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The reserve pool (RP) and readily releasable pool (RRP) of synaptic vesicles within presynaptic nerve terminals were physiologically differentiated into distinctly separate functional groups. This was accomplished in glutamatergic nerve terminals by blocking the glutamate transporter with DL-threo-β-benzyloxyaspartate (TBOA; 10 μM) during electrical stimulation with either 40 Hz of 10 pulses within a train or 20- or 50-Hz continuous stimulation. The 50-Hz continuous stimulation decreased the excitatory postsynaptic potential amplitude 60 min faster than for the 20-Hz continuous stimulation in the presence of TBOA (P < 0.05). There was no significant difference between the train stimulation and 20-Hz continuous stimulation in the run-down time in the presence of TBOA. After TBOA-induced synaptic depression, the excitatory postsynaptic potentials were rapidly (<1 min) revitalized by exposure to serotonin (5-HT, 1 μM) in every preparation tested (P < 0.05). At this glutamatergic nerve terminal, 5-HT promotes an increase probability of vesicular docking and fusion. Quantal recordings made directly at nerve terminals revealed smaller quantal sizes with TBOA exposure with a marked increase in quantal size as well as a continual appearance of smaller quanta upon 5-HT treatment after TBOA-induced depression. Thus 5-HT was able to recruit vesicles from the RP that were not rapidly depleted by acute TBOA treatment and electrical stimulation. The results support the notion that the RRP is selectively activated during rapid electrical stimulation sparing the RP; however, the RP can be recruited by the neuromodulator 5-HT. This suggests at least two separate kinetic and distinct regulatory paths for vesicle recycling within the presynaptic nerve terminal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-671
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Calcium
  • Glutamate
  • Potentiation
  • Recycle
  • Serotonin
  • Synapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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