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Glutamine deficiency in the prefrontal cortex increases depressive-like behaviours in male mice.
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PMID:  23031251     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: The brain levels of glutamate (Glu) and glutamine (Gln) are partially regulated through the Glu-Gln cycle. Astrocytes play a role in regulating the Glu-Gln cycle, and loss of astrocytes has been associated with depressive disorders. We hypothesized that levels of Glu and Gln would be affected by astrocyte loss and dysregulation of the Glu-Gln cycle and that depressive-like behaviours would be closely related to the level of changes in Glu and Gln. Methods: We used liquid chromatography to measure Glu and Gln concentrations in the prefrontal cortex of male mice infused with L-α aminoadipic acid (L-AAA), a specific astrocyte toxin, in the prelimbic cortex. Methionine sulfoximine, a Gln synthetase inhibitor, and α-methyl-amino-isobutyric acid, a blocker of neuronal Gln transporters, were used to disturb the Glu-Gln cycle. We assessed the behavioural change by drug infusion using the forced swim test (FST) and sucrose preference test. Results: The Glu and Gln levels were decreased on the fifth day after L-AAA infusion, and the infused mice showed longer durations of immobility in the FST and lower sucrose preference, indicative of depressive-like behaviour. Mice in which Gln synthetase or Gln transport were inhibited also exhibited increased immobility in the FST. Direct infusion of L-Gln reversed the increased immobility induced by astrocyte ablation and Glu-Gln cycle impairments. Limitations: Genetically modified animal models and diverse behavioural assessments would have been helpful to solidify our conclusions. Conclusion: Neuronal Gln deficiency in the prefrontal cortex may cause depressive behaviours.
Younghyurk Lee; Hyeonwi Son; Gyeongwha Kim; Sujeong Kim; Dong Hoon Lee; Gu Seob Roh; Sang Soo Kang; Gyeong Jae Cho; Wan Sung Choi; Hyun Joon Kim
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-2
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Title:  Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1488-2434     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychiatry Neurosci     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9107859     Medline TA:  J Psychiatry Neurosci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  120024     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Institute of Health Sciences, Medical Research Center for Neural Dysfunction, School of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Gyeongnam, Republic of Korea.
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