THE DISTRIBUTION OF SEVERAL AMINO ACIDS IN SPECIFIC GANGLIA AND NERVE BUNDLES OF THE LOBSTER

M. H. Aprison, W. J. Mcbride, A. R. Freeman

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Abstract

Using the technique of measuring DNP amino acid methyl esters by gas liquid chromatography, the distribution of alanine, proline, glycine, GABA, glutamate and aspartate was determined in individual ganglia and the associated nerve bundles between these ganglia after isolation from the nervous system of the lobster, Homarus americanus. The brain or supraesophageal ganglion (27.2 mg) and the next 5 thoracic ganglia (varying from 24 to 10 mg in a rostral caudal direction) as well as the nerve bundles connecting these ganglia were used. GABA and aspartate values varied the most among the individual ganglia; highest values were found in the second and third thoracic ganglia. The levels of alanine, proline, glycine and glutamate varied very little from ganglion to ganglion; however, the values for these amino acids did exhibit some variability among the individual connectives. The highest value for each was in the nerve bundle between the first and second thoracic ganglion. Glycine was present at the highest level of any of the amino acids whereas GABA was at the lowest level in the individual structures assayed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1973

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  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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