Spermidine enhancement of [3H]MK-801 binding to the NMDA receptor complex in human cortical membranes.Eur J Pharmacol. 1990 Sep 18; 189(2-3):195-200.EJ
The effects of spermidine on the binding of [3H]MK-801 to the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor complex was studied in human cerebral cortical membranes. [3H]MK-801 binding was increased from 56 +/- 5 fmol/mg protein (mean +/- S.E.M., n = 7) to 319 +/- 71 fmol/mg protein in the presence of 200 microM spermidine. The ED50 for spermidine stimulation of [3H]MK-801 binding was 89 +/- 22 microM (mean +/- S.E.M., n = 6). In the presence of glutamate (1 microM) plus glycine (1 microM) the ED50 was reduced to 5.5 +/- 0.7 microM. The increase in binding in the presence of spermidine was characterised by an increase in the rate of association of [3H]MK-801. In the presence of spermidine. [3H]MK-801 was inhibited by AP5. 7-chlorokynurenic acid and ifenprodil with IC50 values of 0.5 +/- 0.3 24 +/- 19 and 91 +/- 28 microM, respectively. None of these antagonists was a competitive inhibitor of the spermidine stimulation of [3H]MK-801 binding. Thus spermidine modulates the NMDA receptor complex in human brain, providing further evidence that the complex is similar in rat and human cortex.