Effect of Phosphatidylserine on Cortical Acetylcholine Release and Calcium Uptake in Adult and Aging Rats

  • G. Pepeu
  • L. Giovannelli
  • M. G. Giovannini
  • F. Pedata
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The effect of phosphatidylserine (PtdSer) administration (15 mg/kg i. p.) for 30 days was investigated on acetylcholine (ACh) release from electrically stimulated cortical slices and on 45Ca2+ uptake into K+-depolarized cortical synaptosomes in 3 and 22–24 month old rats. ACh release in 24 month old rats treated with the solvent was 50% lower than in 3 month old rats at all stimulation frequencies tested. On the contrary, no significant decrease in ACh release was found in the 24 month old rats treated with PtdSer. Similarly, the decrease in 45Ca2+ uptake found in the 22 month old rats treated with the solvent did not occur in the aging rats chronically treated with PtdSer. The possibility is envisaged that PtdSer may act by influencing age-dependent changes in membrane phospholipid composition.


Histamine Release Stimulation Frequency Krebs Solution Cortical Slice Morphine Sulphate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Pepeu
    • 1
  • L. Giovannelli
    • 1
  • M. G. Giovannini
    • 1
  • F. Pedata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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