We studied the contribution of a change in presynaptic calcium influx to posttetanic potentiation (PTP) in the calyx of Held synapse, an axosomatic synapse in the auditory brain stem. We made whole cell patch-clamp recordings of a principal cell after loading of the presynaptic terminal with a calcium dye. After induction of PTP by a high-frequency train of afferent stimuli, the Fluo-4 fluorescence transients evoked by an action potential became on average 15 ± 4% larger (n = 7). Model predictions did not match the fluorescence transients evoked by trains of brief calcium currents unless the endogenous calcium buffer had low affinity for calcium, making a contribution of saturation of the endogenous buffer to the synaptic potentiation we observed in the present experiments less likely. Our data therefore suggest that the increase of release probability during PTP at the calyx of Held synapse is largely explained by an increase in the calcium influx per action potential. Copyright

dx.doi.org/10.1152/jn.00427.2006, hdl.handle.net/1765/62055
Journal of Neurophysiology
Department of Neuroscience

Habets, R.L.P, & Borst, J.G.G. (2006). An increase in calcium influx contributes to post-tetanic potentiation at the rat calyx of Held synapse. Journal of Neurophysiology, 96(6), 2868–2876. doi:10.1152/jn.00427.2006