7-chloro-3-methyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine S,S-dioxide: A partial modulator of AMPA receptor desensitization devoid of neurotoxicity

F. Impagnatiello, A. Oberto, P. Longone, E. Costa, A. Guidotti

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In cerebellar granule neurons of neonatal rats micromolar concentrations of 7-chloro-3-methyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine S,S-dioxide (IDRA- 21) and cyclothiazide, two negative modulators of the spontaneous agonist- dependent rapid desensitization of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5- methylisoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)-gated ion channels, facilitate AMPA receptor function by increasing the content of free cytosolic Ca2+ as measured by single-cell fura-2 acetoxymethyl ester (Fura-2) Ca2+-dependent fluorescence and intracellular Na+ measured with the sodium-binding bezofuran isophthalate acetoxymethyl ester fluorescence indicator. IDRA-21 increases intracellular Na+ transient with a threshold (5 μM) that is ≃10 times higher and has an intrinsic activity significantly lower than that of cyclothiazide. By virtue of its low intrinsic activity, IDRA-21 elicits a free cytosolic Ca2+ transient increase that is shorter lasting than that elicited by cyclothiazide even when the drug is left in contact with cultured granule cells for several minutes. Additionally, while dose dependently, 5- 25 μM cyclothiazide in the presence of AMPA is highly neurotoxic, IDRA-21 (up to 100 μM) is devoid of neurotoxicity. The neurotoxicity elicited by cyclothiazide persists in the presence of dizocilpine (an antagonist of N- methyl-D-aspartate-selective glutamate receptors) but is blocked by 2,3- dihydroxy-6-nitrosulfamoylbenzo[f]quinoxaline (a competitive AMPA receptor antagonist) and the 1-(aminophenyl)-4-methyl-7,8-methylendioxy-5H-2,3- benzodiazepine (GYKI 52466; a noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist). Since the doses of IDRA-21 that enhance cognitive processes in rats and monkeys are several orders of magnitude lower than those required to elicit marginal neurotoxicity in cultured neurons, it can be surmised that IDRA-21 is a potent cognition-enhancing drug virtually devoid of neurotoxic liability because it acts as a partial negative allosteric modulator of AMPA receptor desensitization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7053-7058
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jun 24 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • General


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