Stimulation of adenosine A1 and A2A receptors by AMP in the submucosal plexus of guinea pig small intestine

Na Gao, Hong Zhen Hu, Sumei Liu, Chuanyun Gao, Yun Xia, Jackie D. Wood

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Actions of adenosine 5′-monophosphate (AMP) on electrical and synaptic behavior of submucosal neurons in guinea pig small intestine were studied with "sharp" intracellular microelectrodes. Application of AMP (0.3-100 μM) evoked slowly activating depolarizing responses associated with increased excitability in 80.5% of the neurons. The responses were concentration dependent with an EC50 of 3.5 ± 0.5 μM. They were abolished by the adenosine A2A receptor antagonist ZM-241385 but not by pyridoxal-phosphate-6-azophenyl-2,4-disulfonic acid, trinitrophenyl-ATP, 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dimethylxanthine, suramin, or MRS-12201220. The AMP-evoked responses were insensitive to AACOCF3 or ryanodine. They were reduced significantly by 1) U-73122, which is a phospholipase C inhibitor; 2) cyclopiazonic acid, which blocks the Ca2+ pump in intraneuronal membranes; and 3) 2-aminoethoxy-diphenylborane, which is an inositol (1,4,5)-trisphosphate receptor antagonist. Inhibitors of PKC or calmodulin-dependent protein kinase also suppressed the AMP-evoked excitatory responses. Exposure to AMP suppressed fast nicotinic ionotropic postsynaptic potentials, slow metabotropic excitatory postsynaptic potentials, and slow noradrenergic inhibitory postsynaptic potentials in the submucosal plexus. Inhibition of each form of synaptic transmission reflected action at presynaptic inhibitory adenosine A1 receptors. Slow excitatory postsynaptic potentials, which were mediated by the release of ATP and stimulation of P2Y1 purinergic receptors in the submucosal plexus, were not suppressed by AMP. The results suggest an excitatory action of AMP at adenosine A2A receptors on neuronal cell bodies and presynaptic inhibitory actions mediated by adenosine A1 receptors for most forms of neurotransmission in the submucosal plexus, with the exception of slow excitatory purinergic transmission mediated by the P2Y1 receptor subtype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)G492-G500
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Enteric nervous system
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Neurogastroenterology
  • Purinergic receptors
  • Synaptic transmission


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