Journal article

Glutamate, GABA and precursor amino acids in adult mouse neocortex: Cellular diversity revealed by quantitative immunocytochemistry

E Hill, M Kalloniatis, SS Tan

Cerebral Cortex | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2000


Glutamate is an important amino acid in the neocortex for metabolic and neurotransmitter functions. The objective of this study was to detect variations in cellular glutamate content using quantitative immunocytochemistry. We show that glutamate is present in almost all cortical cells and coexists with other amino acids such as aspartate, glutamine or gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The patterns of aspartate and glutamine content suggests that there are no purely aspartatergic or glutaminergic neurons. GABAergic neurons showed variable levels of the precursors such as glutamate, glutamine and aspartate. Comparison of immunoreactive patterns between two cortical areas did not detect any stati..

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