Chronic administration of a partial agonist at strychnine-insensitive glycine receptors: a novel experimental approach to the treatment of ischemias
During the past decade, converging lines of evidence have linked the abnormal release or leak of excitatory amino acids to the neurodegeneration associated with a wide range of pathologies including cerebral ischemias, Huntington’s disease, and AIDS dementia (Coyle and Robinson, 1987; Lipton, 1994; Meldrum, 1994). Pharmacological studies indicate that activation of both ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors can substantially contribute to excitotoxic cell damage (Choi, 1992; Pizzi et al, 1993; Sheardown et al., 1993; Xue et al., 1994). Based on these findings, therapeutic strategies based on blunting or blocking glutamatergic transmission may be useful in treating a variety of neurodegenerative disorders.
KeywordsNMDA Receptor Partial Agonist Cerebellar Granule Cell Neuroprotective Action Carotid Artery Occlusion
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