Depletion of brain histamine induced by α-fluoromethylhistidine enhances radial maze performance in rats with modulation of brain amino acid levels

Naruhiko Sakai, Eitchi Sakurai, Eiko Sakurai, Kazuhiko Yanai, Yukio Miura, Takehiko Watanabe

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Abstract

We examined the effects of repeated administration of (S)-α-fluoromethylhistidine (FMH), a specific inhibitor of histidine decarboxylase (HDC), on radial maze performance and brain contents of histamine and amino acids in rats. By daily subcutaneous (s.c.) administration of FMH (100 mg/kg), rats showed significant enhancement of a radial maze performance without changes in locomotion. Six days after FMH treatment, the histamine levels both in the cerebral cortex and diencephalon decreased significantly. However, the glutamate and glycine levels significantly increased in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus. These results suggest that FMH enhances the acquisition phase of radial maze study with the increases in glutamate and glycine levels in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus of rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-994
Number of pages6
JournalLife Sciences
Volume62
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Feb 6

Keywords

  • Amino acids
  • GABA
  • Glutamate
  • Glycine
  • Histamine
  • Radial maze
  • α-fluoromethylhistidine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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