The l-amino acid carrier inhibitor 2-aminobicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2-carboxylic acid (BCH) reduces l-dopa-elicited responses in dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta

Luca Sebastianelli, Ada Ledonne, Maria Cristina Marrone, Giorgio Bernardi, Nicola B. Mercuri

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Abstract

It is not yet clear how l-dopa, that is the most effective drug for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, enters into the dopaminergic neurons to be transformed into dopamine. It is suggested that l-dopa is mainly transported into cells by a group of l-amino acid carriers named "System L". Since these carriers are selectively inhibited by 2-aminobicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2-carboxylic acid (BCH), we have applied this compound to electrophysiologically recorded dopaminergic neurons of the rat substantia nigra pars compacta to examine the possible modulation of the effects of l-dopa by System L. We have observed that BCH reduced, in a concentration-dependent manner, the membrane hyperpolarization/outward current caused by l-dopa. Interestingly, the actions of dopamine were not changed by this System L inhibitor, suggesting that the reducing effects on l-dopa are not due to a BCH-induced unspecific block of dopamine-mediated events. Therefore, our electrophysiological data that an l-type amino acid carrier, possibly System L, is involved in the transport of l-dopa into dopaminergic neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-233
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental Neurology
Volume212
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

Keywords

  • BCH
  • Dopamine
  • Electrophysiology
  • l-dopa
  • l-type amino acid transporters
  • Parkinson's disease
  • System L

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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