Cortical spreading depression augments kynurenate levels and reduces malonate toxicity in the rat cortex

Csaba Kiss, Paul D. Shepard, Ferenc Bari, Robert Schwarcz

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Cortical spreading depression (CSD) is characterized by slowly propagating neuronal and astrocytic depolarization, resulting in transient, heightened resistance to subsequent neuronal injury. This study was designed to examine a possible role of the endogenous neuroprotective agent kynurenate (KYNA) in this phenomenon. Unilateral, consecutive CSDs, induced by topical application of 2 M KCl to the cortical surface of adult male rats, resulted in an ipsilateral increase (201-222% compared to controls) in KYNA levels, which was observed in the frontal, parietal and occipital cortex but not in other brain areas. This effect peaked on day 3 after CSD, and KYNA levels returned to normal on day 7. In separate rats, the lesion caused by an intracortical microinjection of the indirect excitotoxin malonate (500 nmol/0.5 μl) on days 1, 3 or 7 after CSD was reduced by 56-75% in the ipsilateral hemisphere. In normal rats, single or multiple injections of the kynurenine 3-hydroxylase inhibitor 4,5-dichlorobenzoylalanine (PNU 156561; 50 mg/kg, i.p.), which results in selective increases in brain KYNA levels, failed to protect cortical neurons against a focal malonate injection. Taken together, these findings indicate that the observed increase in brain KYNA is not responsible for CSD-induced tolerance to malonate-induced neuronal damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalBrain research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - márc. 26 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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