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Neuroscience. 2010 Jun 2;167(4):1160-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2010.03.022. Epub 2010 Mar 18.

Changes of AMPA receptors in MPTP monkeys with levodopa-induced dyskinesias.

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  • 1Molecular Endocrinology and Genomic Research Center, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ), Pavillon CHUL and Faculty of Pharmacy, Laval University, QC, Canada.


Overactivity of glutamate neurotransmission is suspected to be implicated in Parkinson's disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. The fast glutamatergic transmission in the striatum from the cortex is mediated mainly by non-n-methyl-d-aspartate (non-NMDA) receptors. Animal models of Parkinson's disease reveal conflicting data concerning striatal glutamate AMPA receptors. The present study thus sought to shed light on the relationship of striatal AMPA receptors to the development of levodopa-induced dyskinesia. [(3)H]Ro 48-8587, a highly potent and selective-specific antagonist ligand for AMPA receptors, was used to investigate, by autoradiography, striatal AMPA receptors in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-lesioned monkeys treated for 1 month with levodopa alone, levodopa+CI-1041 (NMDA receptor antagonist) or levodopa+cabergoline (D2 receptor agonist). Levodopa-treated MPTP monkeys developed dyskinesias while those that received levodopa+CI-1041 or levodopa+cabergoline did not. In the anterior caudate nucleus and putamen, specific binding of [(3)H]Ro 48-8587 was reduced in all MPTP-treated monkeys compared to control monkeys, but no significant effect of MPTP was measured in the posterior striatum. In dyskinetic monkeys, specific binding of [(3)H]Ro 48-8587 was elevated in subregions of the posterior caudate nucleus and putamen as compared to saline-treated MPTP monkeys. Levodopa+CI-1041 treatment left unchanged specific binding of [(3)H]Ro 48-8587 whereas levodopa+cabergoline treatment reduced it in subregions of the posterior caudate nucleus and putamen compared to control and levodopa-treated MPTP monkeys. Specific binding of [(3)H]Ro 48-8587 was low in the globus pallidus and remained unchanged following both lesion and treatments. In conclusion, the elevated values of AMPA receptors in dyskinetic monkeys (and their prevention through treatments) were only observed in subregions of the striatum.

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