Excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) terminate signaling in the CNS by clearing released glutamate. Glutamate also evokes an EAAT-mediated Cl - current, but its role in CNS signaling is poorly understood. We show in mouse retina that EAAT-mediated Cl - currents that were evoked by light inhibit rod pathway signaling. EAATs reside on rod bipolar cell axon terminals where GABA and glycine receptors also mediate light-evoked inhibition. We found that the mode of inhibition depended on light intensity. Dim light evoked GABAergic and glycinergic inhibition with rapid kinetics and a large spatial extent. Bright light evoked predominantly EAATmediated inhibition with slow kinetics and a small spatial extent. The switch to EAAT-mediated signaling in bright light supplements receptor-mediated signaling to expand the dynamic range of inhibition and contributes to the transition from rod to cone signaling by suppressing rod pathway signaling in bright light conditions.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Neuroscience|
|State||Published - Mar 28 2012|