Transient postnatal increases in excitatory amino acid binding sites in rat ventral mesencephalon.

Article date: 1991/12/9

PubMed ID: 1667817

Journal name: Neuroscience letters (ISSN: 0304-3940)


The developmental profile of three sub-types of excitatory amino acid (EAA) binding sites was determined in the ventral mesencephalon and the striatum of rats from prenatal day 19 to adult (3 months) using membrane binding assays. In the ventral mesencephalon, there was a transient increase of EAA receptor binding sites beyond adult levels, which peaked at postnatal day 7 (P7) for [3H]glutamate binding to NMDA receptors and at P14 for [3H]AMPA and [3H]kainate binding. In the striatum, [3H]glutamate/NMDA and [3H]kainate binding reached adult levels during the early postnatal period, stabilizing at this level with no transient overexpression beyond adult levels. [3H]AMPA binding also showed an increase above adult levels at P14 in the striatum. These results raise the possibility that the transient overexpression of EAA receptors in the ventral mesencephalon may affect the developmental fate of dopaminergic and other neurons in this region.

Author List: Chaudieu I, Mount H, Quirion R, Boksa P

Publication Types: Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Substances mentioned in the article: Glutamates; Receptors, AMPA; Receptors, Glutamate; Receptors, Kainic Acid; Receptors, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate; Receptors, Neurotransmitter; Ibotenic Acid; N-Methylaspartate; alpha-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic Acid; Kainic Acid;

Mesh terms: Aging; Animals; Cell Membrane/metabolism; Corpus Striatum/growth & development; Glutamates/metabolism; Ibotenic Acid/analogs & derivatives; Kainic Acid/metabolism; Mesencephalon/growth & development; N-Methylaspartate/metabolism; Organ Specificity; Rats; Rats, Inbred Strains; Receptors, AMPA; Receptors, Glutamate; Receptors, Kainic Acid; Receptors, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate/metabolism; Receptors, Neurotransmitter/metabolism; alpha-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic Acid;

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