Journal article

Excitotoxic profiles of novel, low-affinity kainate receptor agonists in primary cultures of murine cerebellar granule cells.

SF Giardina, PM Beart

Neuropharmacology | Published : 2001


The involvement of low-affinity kainate (KA) receptors in neuronal injury was investigated by employing a variety of agonists active at GluR5-7. Their excitotoxic profiles were determined in primary cultures of cerebellar granule cells, which abundantly expressed low-affinity KA receptors, and in the absence of any AMPA receptor-mediated neurotoxicity. Neurotoxicity induced by these compounds was analysed by phase contrast microscopy, a cell viability assay, the TUNEL technique (apoptosis), and by employing propidium iodide (PI; necrosis). All agonists induced concentration-dependent neurotoxicity, with rank order (EC(50) values; microM): (S)-iodowillardiine (IW) 0.2>(2S,4R)-4-methylglutamat..

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