Feb 22, 2008

Chronic stress enhances methamphetamine-induced extracellular glutamate and excitotoxicity in the rat striatum

Despina A Tata, Bryan K Yamamoto


Striking parallels exist between the neurochemical and toxic effects of stress and methamphetamine. Despite these similarities, no studies have examined how stress may promote the toxic effects of methamphetamine (METH). The current study tested the hypothesis that chronic stress enhances METH toxicity by augmenting glutamate (GLU) release and excitotoxicity in response to METH administration. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 10 days of unpredictable stress and then received either saline or METH (7.5 mg/kg, i.p., once every 2 h x four injections). Prior exposure to unpredictable stress acutely enhanced the striatal extracellular GLU concentrations in response to METH, and eventually caused proteolysis of the cytoskeleton protein spectrin. Administration of the corticosterone synthesis inhibitor, metyrapone (25 mg/kg, i.p., prior to each stressor), during unpredictable stress attenuated the enhanced striatal GLU release in response to METH, blocked spectrin proteolysis, and attenuated METH-associated toxicity measured by long-term depletions in the dopamine and serotonin tissue content as well as depletions in dopamine and serotonin transporter immunoreactivity of the striatum. In summary, prior exposure to unpred...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Corticosterone Assay
Presynaptic Terminals
SU 4885
Serotonin Measurement
Extracellular Space

Related Feeds

Basal Ganglia

Basal Ganglia are a group of subcortical nuclei in the brain associated with control of voluntary motor movements, procedural and habit learning, emotion, and cognition. Here is the latest research.