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Neurosci Lett. 1990 Apr 6;111(3):241-5.

Beta-alanine potentiation of [3H]flunitrazepam binding to rat spinal cord homogenates.

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Departamento de Investigación, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain.


The effect of beta-alanine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and other functionally related amino acids on [3H]flunitrazepam binding to rat spinal cord homogenates was studied. beta-Alanine potentiated [3H]flunitrazepam binding by 40% and GABA by 88%. Taurine increased the binding by 19%. Hypotaurine produced an 11% increase. No significant effect was seen in glycine, alanine, serine, valine or the dipeptide carnosine. The beta-alanine increase in [3H]flunitrazepam binding was completely inhibited by 10 microM strychnine, whereas the GABA increase required 0.1 mM strychnine to be fully suppressed. Results suggest that beta-alanine specifically potentiates binding of [3H]flunitrazepam in rat spinal cord homogenates.

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