Neonatal administration of L-cysteine does not produce long-term effects on neurotransmitter or neuropeptide systems in the rat striatum

S. P. Sivam, T. Chermak

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Previous studies by other investigators have shown that neonatal administration of high doses of L-cysteine produces within 6 hrs morphological damage to neurons in many areas of the brain including the striatum; the damage could be blocked by NMDA antagonist MK-801. These studies implicated a potential involvement of this amino acid in neurodegenerative processes including Parkinsonism. The present study attempted to elucidate whether L-cysteine produces long-term changes in neurotransmitter (dopamine; 5-hydroxytryptamine) or neuropeptide (Met5- enkephalin; dynorphin A (1-8); substance P) systems as a corollary to neonatal treatment with L-cysteine. L-cysteine (0.5 or 1 g/kg, s.c.) was administered to 4-day old rat pups and sacrificed 35 days later. The striatal levels of amines and neuropeptides were determined by HPLC and radioimmunoassay respectively. L-Cysteine treatment alone or after a pretreatment with MK-801 (1 mg/kg, s.c.) failed to produce any significant changes in the parameters studied. The results indicate that neonatal administration of L-cysteine does not appear to produce long-term effects on major neuroregulator systems of the striatum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
JournalResearch Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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