Alleviation of parkinsonism by antagonism of excitatory amino acid transmission in the medial segment of the globus pallidus in rat and primate

J. M. Brotchie, I. J. Mitchell, M. A. Sambrook, A. R. Crossman

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    Abstract

    Recent experimental data has made possible the description of the pathophysiological circuitry that mediates parkinsonism. This work has shown that dopamine-denervated striatal cells discharge abnormally and that this ultimately causes cells in the medial segment of the globus pallidus to become abnormally overactive. The main driving force behind the overactive cells in the medial pallidal segment appears to be excess activity in the afferent pathway to it from the subthalamic nucleus. TRhis pathway is known to use an excitatory amino acid (EAA) as its transmitter. It was therefore hypothesized that local blockade of EAA transmission in the medial segment of the globus pallidus should reverse parkinsonism. This hypothesis was tested in rat and primate models of parkinsonism by the direct injection of the EAA antagonist, kynurenic acid, into the medial segment of the globus pallidus. The results demonstrate that this procedure can reverse parkinsonism in a dose-dependent manner, and suggest that manipulation of EAA transmission in the medial segment of the globus pallidus may have therapeutic potential for treating parkinsonism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-138
    Number of pages5
    JournalMovement Disorders
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

    Keywords

    • pharmacology: 1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine
    • physiology: Amino Acids
    • Animals
    • Brain Mapping
    • Callitrichinae
    • drug effects: Dominance, Cerebral
    • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
    • drug effects: Globus Pallidus
    • pharmacology: Kynurenic Acid
    • Male
    • drug effects: Motor Activity
    • drug effects: Motor Skills
    • Neurologic Examination
    • chemically induced: Parkinson Disease, Secondary
    • Rats
    • Rats, Inbred Strains
    • pharmacology: Reserpine
    • Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    • drug effects: Synaptic Transmission

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