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Title: Modulation and metamodulation of synapses by adenosine
Authors: Ribeiro, J. A.
Sebastião, A. M.
Keywords: Adenosine
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Series/Report no.: Vol. 199; nº 2
Abstract: The presence of adenosine in all nervous system cells (neurones and glia) together with its intensive release following insults makes adenosine as a sort of ‘regulator’ of synaptic communication, leading to the homeostatic coordination of brain function. Besides the direct actions of adenosine on the neurosecretory mechanisms, to tune neurotransmitter release, adenosine receptors interact with other receptors as well as with transporters as part of its attempt to fine-tune synaptic transmission. This review will focus on examples of the different ways adenosine can use to modulate or metamodulate synapses, in other words, to trigger or brake the action of some neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, to cross-talk with other G proteincoupled receptors, with ionotropic receptors and with receptor kinases as well as with transporters. Most of these interactions occur through A2A receptors, which in spite of their low density in some brain areas, such as the hippocampus, may function as amplifiers of the signalling of other mediators at synapses.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 1748-1716
Appears in Collections:FM-IFN-Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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