Involvement of nitric oxide-soluble guanylyl cyclase pathway in the control of maximal dentate gyrus activation in the rat.
- Autori: SARDO, P; CARLETTI, F; D'AGOSTINO, S; RIZZO, V; FERRARO, G
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2006
- Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
- OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/13008
Summary Nitric oxide=soluble Guanylyl cyclase (NO=sGC) pathway on the maximal dentate gyrus activation (MDA) was studied in rats. The cerebral NO levels were modified by administrating 7-Nitroindazole (7-NI), a selective inhibitor of neuronal NOS, and L-arginine, a precursor of the synthesis of NO. 1H-[1,2,4]Oxadiazole[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ), a specific inhibitor of the NO-sGC pathway, was administered to study the involvement of cGMP pathway. The epileptic activity of the dentate gyrus was obtained through the repetitive stimulation of the angular bundle; MDA parameters studied were: onset time, MDA duration and post-stimulus afterdischarge (AD) duration. 7-NI caused an increase of MDA onset time and a decrease of MDA and AD duration. L-arginine, induced an aggravation of the epileptiform phenomena. ODQ induced modifications of MDA parameters as those caused by 7-NI. Our results indicate that the nitrergic neurotransmission exerts a modulatory role in the proneness to the epileptogenic phenomena through the activation of sGC metabolic pathway.