Orexin-A increases cell surface expression of AMPA receptors in the striatum

Hyun Sung Shin, Hyeong Seok Cho, Ki Wug Sung, Bong June Yoon

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Accumulating evidence suggests that orexin signaling is involved in reward and motivation circuit functions. However, the underlying mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Here, we show that orexin-A potentiates AMPAR-mediated synaptic transmission in the striatum, possibly by regulating the surface expression of AMPARs. Primary culture of striatal neurons revealed increased surface expression of AMPARs following orexin-A treatment. The increase in surface-expressed AMPARs induced by orexin-A treatment was dependent on both ERK activation and the presence of extracellular Ca2+. In the corticostriatal synapses of rat brain slices, orexin-A bath-application caused a delayed increase in the AMPAR/NMDAR EPSC ratio, suggesting that orexin-A sets in motion a series of events that lead to functional alterations in the striatal circuits. Our findings provide a potential link between the activation of orexin signaling in the striatum in response to addictive substances and neural adaptations in the reward circuitry that may mediate the long-lasting addiction-related behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-413
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 16


  • AMPA receptor
  • Drug addiction
  • Orexin-A
  • Synaptic plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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