Systemically administered D-glucose conjugates of 7-chlorokynurenic acid are centrally available and exert anticonvulsant activity in rodents

G. Battaglia, M. La Russa, V. Bruno, L. Arenare, R. Ippolito, A. Copani, F. Bonina, F. Nicoletti

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Abstract

We have synthesized D-glucose or D-galactose esters of 7-chlorokynurenic acid (7ClKynA) as prodrugs to facilitate the transport of 7ClKynA across the blood-brain barrier. Intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of either 7ClKynA- D-glucopyranos-6'-ylester (7ClKynA/Glu6) or 7ClKynA-D-glucopyranos-3'-yl ester (7ClKynA/Glu3) was protective against seizures induced by N-methyl-d- aspartate (NMDA) in mice, with the former drug showing the highest anticonvulsive activity. Systemic injection of equal amounts of 7ClKynA-D- galactopyranos-6'-yl ester (7ClKynA/Gal6) or free 7ClKynA did not protect against NMDA seizures. Microdialysis in freely moving rats showed the presence of significant amounts of 7ClKynA/Glu6, as well as of 7ClKynA or KynA, in cortical perfusates after i.p. injections of 7ClKynA/Glu6. In contrast, only small amounts of 7ClKynA or KynA were detected after i.p. injection of unconjugated 7ClKynA. Prodrug metabolism has also been examined in mouse cortical cultures containing both neurons and astrocytes. 7ClKynA/Glu6 and 7ClKynA/Gal6 were rapidly metabolized into 7ClKynA and KynA, whereas 7ClKynA/Glu3 was metabolized with a slower kinetics. As a result of its conversion into 7ClKynA and KynA, 7ClKynA/Glu6 protected cortical neurons against NMDA toxicity. We conclude that sugar conjugates of 7ClKynA (and perhaps of other excitatory amino acid receptor antagonists) are prodrugs of potential interest in the experimental therapy of epilepsy and acute or chronic neurodegenerative disorders. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Research
Volume860
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 2000

Keywords

  • 7-Chlorokynurenic acid
  • D-glucose
  • Ester prodrug
  • NMDA
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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