Journal article

Comparison of [H-3]-(2S,4R)-4-methylglutamate and [H-3]D-aspartate as ligands for binding and autoradiographic analyses of glutamate transporters

K Aprico, PM Beart, D Crawford, RD O'Shea

NEUROCHEMISTRY INTERNATIONAL | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

While studies with [(3)H]D-aspartate ([(3)H]d-Asp) illustrate specific interactions with excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs), new insights into the pharmacological characteristics and localization of specific EAAT subtypes depend upon the availability of novel ligands. One such ligand is [(3)H]-(2S,4R)-4-methylglutamate ([(3)H]4MG) which labels astrocytic EAATs in homogenate binding studies. This study examined the utility of [(3)H]4MG for binding and autoradiography in coronal sections of rat brain. Binding of [(3)H]4MG was optimal in 5mM HEPES buffer containing 96 mM NaCl, pH 7.5. Specific binding of [(3)H]4MG exhibited two components, but was to a single site when glutamate recepto..

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