Neuroprotection with a new kynurenic acid analog in the four-vessel occlusion model of ischemia

Levente Gellért, János Fuzik, Anikó Göblös, Kitti Sárközi, Máté Marosi, Zsolt Kis, Tamás Farkas, István Szatmári, Ferenc Fülöp, László Vécsei, József Toldi

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Global forebrain ischemia results in damage to the pyramids in the CA1 hippocampal subfield, which is particularly vulnerable to excitotoxic processes. Morphological and functional disintegration of this area leads to a cognitive dysfunction and neuropsychiatric disorders. Treatment with N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonists is a widely accepted method with which to stop the advance of excitotoxic processes and concomitant neuronal death. From a clinical aspect, competitive glycine- and polyamine-site antagonists with relatively low affinity and moderate side-effects are taken into account. Endogenous kynurenic acid acts as an antagonist on the obligatory co-agonist glycine site, and has long been at the focus of neuroprotective trials. In the present study, we estimated the neuroprotective capability of a novel kynurenic acid analog in transient global forebrain ischemia, measuring the rate of hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cell loss and the preservation of long-term potentiation at Schaffer collateral-CA1 synapses. The neuroprotective potential was reflected by a significantly diminished hippocampal CA1 cell loss and preserved long-term potentiation expression. The neuroprotective effect was robust in the event of pretreatment, and also when the drug was administered at the time of reperfusion. This result is beneficial since a putative neuroprotectant proven to be effective as post-treatment is of much greater benefit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-187
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 30 2011



  • 4VO model
  • Ischemic brain damage
  • Kynurenine
  • Neuroprotection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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