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Neurosci Lett. 1997 Jul 18;230(2):129-32.

Altered expression of NPY-Y1 receptors in kainic acid induced epilepsy in rats.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, University of Innsbruck, Austria.


Kainic acid-induced limbic seizures cause lasting increases in neuropeptide Y (NPY) expression in hippocampal granule cells/mossy fibers. The expression of NPY-Y1 receptors in these neurons were investigated, using in situ hybridization for Y1 mRNA and receptor autoradiography with the Y1-specific ligand [125I][Pro34]PYY. Six hours after kainic acid-induced seizures, Y1 receptor mRNA levels decreased by 80% in granule cells and concomitantly increased (by 75%) in CA2 pyramidal neurons. Subsequently, persistent decreases in Y1 mRNA were seen, both in the stratum granulosum and in CA2. Changes in mRNA concentrations were accompanied by a transient, although non-significant, increase in [125I][Pro34]PYY binding in the molecular layer of the dentate gyrus after 4-6 h which was succeeded by a lasting decrease in binding which indicates a persistent down-regulation of Y1 receptors in hippocampal areas in kainic acid-induced epilepsy.

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