The release of endogenous amino acids from the rat visual cortex

The Journal of Physiology
R M Clark, G G Collins

Abstract

The release of endogenous taurine, GABA, glycine, aspartate, glutamate, glutamine and alanine from the rat visual cortex was measured using a cortical cup technique. The electrocorticogram (ECoG) was monitored throughout most experiments. 2. Spreading depression, evoked by the dropwise placement of 10% KCl solution on to the brain outside the cup was associated with a significant increase in the release of GABA and glutamine but a marked fall in that of glutamate. The evoked release of GABA and glutamate but not of glutamine was Ca2+ dependent. 3. A solution containing 50 mM-K+ placed within the cup elicited a significant increase in the release of taurine and GABA, whereas 100 mM-K+ additionally released aspartate and glutamate. The K+-evoked release of these amino acids with the exceptions of taurine and glutamine was Ca2+-dependent. 4. Three series of experiments were carried out in which the preparations were stimulated electrically. Bipolar stimulation (100 Hz, 1 msec pulse width, 2-5 mA for 5 min) with the electrode within the cup was followed by significant increases in taurine, GABA and glutamate release; using a 5 mA current, there was an additional release of aspartate and alanine. Only the evoked release of GABA and ...Continue Reading

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