Regulation of Neurotransmitter Aspartate Metabolism by Glial Glutamine Synthetase

Jeffrey D. Rothstein, Boris Tabakoff

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Aspartate levels and release from rat striatal slices following the inhibition of glutamine synthetase (GS) by methionine sulfoximine (MSO) were studied. Striatal levels of aspartate and glutamine were decreased over time in a manner that correlated with GS inhibition. Ca2+‐dependent, K+‐stimulated aspartate release was diminished in striatal tissue slices from animals pretreated with MSO. The decreased release of aspartate correlated over time with the inhibition of GS. The addition of glutamine to the perfusion medium completely reversed the effects of MSO on calcium‐dependent aspartate release. It is suggested that glutamine is a major precursor for transmitter aspartate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1923-1928
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspartate
  • Glial cells
  • Glutamine
  • Glutamine synthetase
  • Methionine sulfoximine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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