Centrally-administered AMPA antagonists increase locomotion in parkinsonian rats

B. Stauch Slusher, K. C. Rissolo, K. F. Anzilotti, P. F. Jackson

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It was shown in the present study that three antagonists of the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA) glutamate receptor, including 2,3-dihydroxy-6-nitro-7-sulfamoylbenzo(f)quinoxaline (NBQX), 1-(4-aminophenyl)-4-methyl-7,8-methylenedioxy-5H-2,3-benzodiazepine (GYKI 52466) and 6-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-7-nitro-2,3-(1H,4H)-quinoxalinedione (YM90K), caused marked reversal of akinesia when administered into the entopeduncular nucleus of rats rendered parkinsonian by bilateral substantia nigra pars compacta lesion. These data suggest that centrally active AMPA antagonists may have therapeutic utility in the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neural Transmission - Parkinson's Disease and Dementia Section
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • 6-hydroxydopamine
  • AMPA receptors
  • GYKI 52466
  • NBQX
  • Parkinson's disease
  • YM90K
  • dopamine
  • glutamate
  • substantia nigra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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