Manzoni OJ - Prezeau L - Bockaert J




beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) is an excitotoxin whose neurodegenerative effects are associated with its agonist properties at the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. We measured the effects of L-BMAA on inositol phosphate (InsP) formation in primary cultured striatal neurons. This culture is almost devoid of glial cells and the pharmacology of glutamate receptors is well-defined. This allowed us to show that L-BMAA induced InsP formation via a direct action at the glutamate metabotropic (Qp) receptors coupled to InsP formation. We demonstrated that L-BMAA is a full-agonist of the Qp receptor, but with a low potency. Therefore, the neurotoxic properties of L-BMAA might implicate the activation of the Qp receptor in association with the NMDA receptor.

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