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Eur J Pharmacol. 2010 Feb 10;627(1-3):156-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2009.10.062. Epub 2009 Oct 31.

Oral administration of the NAALADase inhibitor GPI-5693 attenuates cocaine-induced reinstatement of drug-seeking behavior in rats.

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  • 1Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA.


We have recently reported that the endogenous mGlu2/3 agonist N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) and the N-acetylated-alpha-linked-acidic dipeptidase (NAALADase, a NAAG degradation enzyme) inhibitor 2-PMPA significantly inhibit cocaine self-administration and cocaine-induced reinstatement of drug-seeking behavior by attenuating cocaine-enhanced extracellular dopamine and glutamate in the nucleus accumbens. However, the poor oral bioavailability of NAAG and 2-PMPA limits their practical use in humans. In the present study, we investigated the effects of the orally active NAALADase inhibitor GPI-5693 and its enantiomers on cocaine-taking and cocaine-seeking behaviours. We found that oral administration of GPI-5693 (15, 30, 60 mg/kg, p.o.) did not significantly alter intravenous cocaine self-administration under fixed-ratio (FR2) reinforcement, but significantly inhibited cocaine-induced reinstatement of the extinguished drug-seeking behavior. This inhibition was blocked by pretreatment with LY341495, a selective mGlu2/3 receptor antagonist. Pretreatment with the same doses (15, 30, 60 mg/kg, p.o.) of GPI-16476 or GPI-16477, two enantiomers of GPI-5693, also inhibited cocaine-induced reinstatement similar to GPI-5693. In contrast, GPI-5693 altered neither oral sucrose self-administration nor sucrose-triggered reinstatement of sucrose-seeking behavior. These data suggest that orally effective NAAG peptidase inhibitors deserve further study as potential agents for the treatment of cocaine addiction.

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