Glucose regulates glutamate-evoked arachidonic acid release from cultured striatal neurons

Robert J Williams, N Murphy, J Glowinski, J Prémont

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L-Glutamate stimulates the liberation of arachidonic acid from mouse striatal neurons via the activation of N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors and by the joint stimulation of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionate (AMPA) and metabotropic receptors. In this study, we investigated whether starving cultured mouse striatal neurons of glucose would modify glutamatergic receptor-mediated arachidonic acid release. Glucose deprivation for 30 min led to enhancement of the NMDA-evoked release of arachidonic acid, compared with that observed in the presence of glucose. This enhanced response depended on both the concentration of glucose and the length of time of glucose deprivation. The enhanced NMDA response appeared to result from both a release of glutamate and the subsequent additional release of arachidonic acid due to the activation of AMPA and metabotropic receptors. Indeed, the increased NMDA response was completely reversed when extracellular glutamate was enzymatically removed. Moreover, glucose deprivation potentiated the combined AMPA/metabotropic receptor-evoked release of arachidonic acid, even in the absence of extracellular glutamate. However, removing glucose did not improve the calcium rise induced by AMPA or NMDA. The ATP-evoked release of arachidonic acid from striatal astrocytes was not altered by glucose starvation. In summary, glucose deprivation affected two properties of striatal neurons: (a) it induced an NMDA-evoked release of glutamate from striatal neurons and (b) it selectively potentiated the AMPA/(1S,3R)-1-aminocyclopentane-1,3-dicarboxylic acid-evoked release of [3H]arachidonic acid without altering the authentic NMDA-mediated response.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-249
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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