Histamine excites rat cerebellar granule cells in vitro through H1 and H2 receptors

Wenchang Li, X.-H. Tang, H.-Z. Li, J.-J. Wang

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The effects of histamine on the firing of cerebellar granule cells were investigated in vitro. Histamine predominantly produced excitatory (117/123, 95.1%) and in a few cases inhibitory (6/123, 4.9%) responses in granule cells. The histamine-induced excitation was not blocked by perfusing the slice with low Ca2+/high Mg2+ medium, supporting a direct postsynaptic action of histamine. The H-1 receptor antagonists triprolidine and chlorpheniramine significantly diminished the histamine-induced excitation, but the H-2 receptor antagonist ranitidine did not significantly reduce the excitation. On the other hand, the H-2 receptor agonist dimaprit could elicit a weak excitation of granule cells. This dimaprit-induced excitation was blocked by ranitidine but not triprolidine. These results reveal that the excitatory effect of histamine on cerebellar granule cells is mediated by both H-1 and H-2 receptors with a predominant contribution of H-1 receptors. The relevance of these findings to the possible function of the hypothalamocerebellar histaminergic fibers in cerebellum is discussed. (C) Elsevier, Paris.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physiology-Paris
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1999


  • histamine
  • cerebellar granule cells
  • histamine receptors
  • hypothalamocerebellar histaminergic fibers


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