Measurement of glutamate carboxypeptidase II (NAALADase) enzyme activity by the hydrolysis of [3H]-N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG).

Carol W. Tiffany, Barbara S. Slusher

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Abstract

The peptide N-Acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) is hydrolyzed by N-Acetylated-alpha-linked-acidic dipeptidase (NAALADase, glutamate carboxypeptidase II) into N-Acetylated aspartate (NAA) and glutamate. Hydrolysis can be measured as described in this unit by employing radiolabeled NAAG (NAA-[(3)H]glu) as the substrate. The occurrence of NAALADase activity in a wide range of tissues has implications for a variety of physiological purposes. The assay described here is useful for the analysis of NAALADase activity and its inhibition in brain synaptosomal preparations, tissue homogenates and tissue culture cell pellets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)Unit3.10
JournalCurrent protocols in pharmacology / editorial board, S.J. Enna (editor-in-chief) ... [et al.]
VolumeChapter 3
StatePublished - Feb 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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