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We previously demonstrated that the cockroach α-bungarotoxin-sensitive nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, nAChR1 and nAChR2 subtypes, are differently sensitive to intracellular calcium pathways. Here, using whole cell patch-clamp recordings, we studied the effects of the diacylglycerol (DAG) analogue 1,2-dioctanoyl-sn-glycerol (DiC8) on nicotine- and clothianidin-evoked currents under an α-bungarotoxin treatment. Our results demonstrated that DiC8 reduced nicotine and clothianidin evoked currents. 10 μM DiC8 suppressed the increase in nicotine-induced currents which was brought about by application of 5 mM caffeine or 9 mM Ca2+, whereas DiC8 did not affect the decrease in nicotine-induced currents induced by BAPTA. Similarly, bath application of caffeine or 9 mM Ca2+ did not change the clothianidin effects, and the amplitude of clothianidin-induced currents was not affected. However, co-application of both 10 μM DiC8 with 9 mM Ca2+, caffeine or BAPTA reduced clothianidin current amplitudes. We conclude that nicotine and clothianidin differently modulate nAChR1 and nAChR2 subtypes under DiC8 treatment, and that nicotine activates nAChR1, whereas clothianidin activates both nAChR1 and nAChR2 subtypes. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Jean-Noël Houchat, Emiliane Taillebois, Steeve H Thany. Effects of the DAG analogue 1,2-dioctanoyl-sn-glycerol (DiC8) on nicotine- and clothianidin-evoked currents through α-bungarotoxin-insensitive nicotinic acetylcholine receptors expressed on cockroach neurosecretory cells. Neurotoxicology. 2020 May;78:143-151

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