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Metabotropic glutamate receptor mGluR5 is not involved in the early hemodynamic response

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Calcinaghi N., Jolivet R., Wyss M. T., Ametamey S. M., Gasparini F., Buck A., Weber B.,
Project A multimodal approach to cerebral blood flow and metabolism
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal J Cereb Blood Flow Metab
Page(s) 1 - 10
Title of proceedings J Cereb Blood Flow Metab


Activation of astrocytic metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) is postulated to elicit calcium transients, triggering a chain of events that ultimately regulates cerebral blood flow by changing the tone of smooth muscle cells of nearby arterioles. Using concurrent in vivo optical imaging and determination of receptor occupancy with (11)C-ABP688, we report here that blocking approximately 80% of mGluR5 in vivo does not affect transient hemodynamic responses on brief whisker stimulations while transiently reducing neuronal activity as measured by voltage-sensitive dye imaging. Our results show that mechanisms other than activation of mGluR5 are required to trigger the initial hemodynamic response in normal physiological conditions.