Bialowas, A., Rama, S., Zbili, M., Marra, V., Fronzaroli-Molinieres, L., Ankri, N., … Debanne, D.


INSERM, UMR_S 1072 Marseille, France, Aix-Marseille Universite, UNIS, Marseille, France.




Synaptic transmission usually depends on action potentials (APs) in an all-or-none (digital) fashion. Recent studies indicate, however, that subthreshold presynaptic depolarization may facilitate spike-evoked transmission, thus creating an analogue modulation of spike-evoked synaptic transmission, also called analogue-digital (AD) synaptic facilitation. Yet, the underlying mechanisms behind this facilitation remain unclear. We show here that AD facilitation at rat CA3-CA3 synapses is time-dependent and requires long presynaptic depolarization (5-10 s) for its induction. This depolarization-induced AD facilitation (d-ADF) is blocked by the specific Kv1.1 channel blocker dendrotoxin-K. Using fast voltage-imaging of the axon, we show that somatic depolarization used for induction of d-ADF broadened the AP in the axon through inactivation of Kv1.1 channels. Somatic depolarization enhanced spike-evoked calcium signals in presynaptic terminals, but not basal calcium. In conclusion, axonal Kv1.1 channels determine glutamate release in CA3 neurons in a time-dependent manner through the control of the presynaptic spike waveform.


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