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Brain Res. 1992 Aug 21;588(2):277-86.

[3H]MK-801 binding to the NMDA receptor complex, and its modulation in human frontal cortex during development and aging.

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MRC Neurochemical Pathology Unit, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


[3H]MK-801 binding was found to decline with age in well washed membranes from human frontal cortex taken from an age series from 24 weeks gestation to 100 years old. The decline was significant under basal conditions (no added modulators) (P less than 0.01), and highly significant under stimulation with glutamate, glycine and spermidine alone and in combination (P less than 0.001). Scatchard analysis in the presence of glutamate and glycine showed this decline was due to a loss in the number of [3H]MK-801 binding sites rather than a change in the affinity of the binding site. There was a highly significant age related reduction in the attenuation of [3H]MK-801 binding by zinc (P less than 0.001). In foetal and neonatal cases up to 7 weeks of age spermidine behaved in an antagonistic manner, inhibiting rather than stimulating [3H]MK-801 binding, when alone or in the presence of glutamate and glycine. The changes in influence of glutamate, glycine, spermidine and zinc on [3H]MK-801 binding during development and aging were not due to other pre- or postmortem factors. The reverse effect of spermidine in the foetal and neonatal cases has therapeutic implications in the treatment of neonates with antiischaemic agents whose action involves the polyamine site.

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