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Neurosci Lett. 2001 Aug 31;309(3):177-80.

Receptor binding properties of di (1,N6-ethenoadenosine) 5', 5'''-P1, P4-tetraphosphate and its modulatory effect on extracellular glutamate levels in rat striatum.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Faculty of Biology, University of La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain.


Our aim was to investigate the neuromodulatory role of diadenosine tetraphosphate (Ap(4)A). Ap(4)A-binding sites were detected in striatum and hippocampus membranes using [(35)S]-ADP beta S as radioligand and Ap(4)A and epsilon-(Ap(4)A), di-ethenoadenosine tetraphosphate, as displacers. Effects of epsilon-(Ap(4)A) on extracellular glutamate levels were studied using intracerebral perfusion. Both areas contain high-affinity binding sites for [(35)S]-ADP beta S with K(d) values in the low nM range. [(35)S]-ADP beta S binding was displaced by Ap(4)A and epsilon-(Ap(4)A). At 1 and 10 microM doses, epsilon-(Ap(4)A) markedly decreased glutamate levels in the striatum. The possibility of Ap(4)A acting as an endogenous modulator of excitatory neurotransmission is discussed.

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