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Previous studies showed that endobain E, an endogenous Na+, K+-ATPase inhibitor, decreases dizocilpine binding to NMDA receptor in isolated membranes. The effect of endobain E on expression of NMDA receptor subunits in membranes of rat cerebral cortex and hippocampus was analyzed by Western blot. Two days after administration of 10 mul endobain E (1 microl = 29 mg fresh tissue) NR1 subunit expression enhanced 5-fold and 2.5-fold in cerebral cortex and hippocampus, respectively. NR2A subunit expression increased 2-fold in cerebral cortex and 1.5-fold in hippocampus. The level of NR2B subunit raised 3-fold in cerebral cortex but remained unaltered in hippocampus. NR2C subunit expression was unaffected in either area. NR2D subunit enhanced 1.6 and 2.1-fold for cerebral cortex and hippocampus, respectively. Results indicate that endogenous Na+, K+-ATPase inhibitor endobain E differentially modifies the expression of NMDA receptor subunits.


María Geraldina Bersier, Clara Peña, Georgina Rodríguez de Lores Arnaiz. The expression of NMDA receptor subunits in cerebral cortex and hippocampus is differentially increased by administration of endobain E, a Na+, K+-ATPase inhibitor. Neurochemical research. 2008 Jan;33(1):66-72

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