Concentration of nucleosides and related compounds in cerebral and cerebellar cortical areas and white matter of the human brain

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1. Nucleosides potentially participate in the neuronal functions of the brain. However, their distribution and changes in their concentrations in the human brain is not known. For better understanding of nucleoside functions, changes of nucleoside concentrations by age and a complete map of nucleoside levels in the human brain are actual requirements. 2. We used post mortem human brain samples in the experiments and applied a recently modified HPLC method for the measurement of nucleosides. To estimate concentrations and patterns of nucleosides in alive human brain we used a recently developed reverse extrapolation method and multivariate statistical analyses. 3. We analyzed four nucleosides and three nucleobases in human cerebellar, cerebral cortices and in white matter in young and old adults. Average concentrations of the 308 samples investigated (mean ± SEM) were the following (pmol/mg wet tissue weight): adenosine 10.3 ± 0.6, inosine 69.5 ± 1.7, guanosine 13.5 ± 0.4, uridine 52.4 ± 1.2, uracil 8.4 ± 0.3, hypoxanthine 108.6 ± 2.0 and xanthine 54.8 ± 1.3. We also demonstrated that concentrations of inosine and adenosine in the cerebral cortex and guanosine in the cerebral white matter are age-dependent. 4. Using multivariate statistical analyses and degradation coefficients, we present an uneven regional distribution of nucleosides in the human brain. The methods presented here allow to creation of a nucleoside map of the human brain by measuring the concentration of nucleosides in microdissected tissue samples. Our data support a functional role for nucleosides in the brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-844
Number of pages12
JournalCellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2006



  • Concentration of nucleosides
  • Human brain areas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology

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