Selective loss of [3H]kainic acid and [3H]AMPA binding in layer VI of frontal cortex in huntington’s disease

Molly V. Wagster, John C. Hedreen, Carol E. Peyser, Susan E. Folstein, Christopher A. Ross

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Excitatory amino acid neurotoxicity has been proposed to cause the neostriatal neuronal degeneration of Huntington’s disease (HD); N -methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA), α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA), and kainate receptors have been hypothesized to play important roles in this process. We have recently reported a loss of neurons in layer VI of the cerebral cortex in HD. Using quantitative autoradiographic methods, we have now measured NMDA, AMPA, and kainate receptor binding in the frontal cerebral cortex of the brains of controls and individuals with HD. We find no change in NMDA receptor binding but a selective decrease in kainate and AMPA receptor binding in layer VI. These data suggest that cerebral cortical neurons possessing kainate or AMPA receptors may be selectively vulnerable in individuals with HD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience


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