The influence of 3,7-dimethyl-1-propargylxanthine (DMPX) an adenosine A(2) receptor antagonist, was studied in the quinolinic acid (QA) model of Huntington's disease. Male Wistar rats received bilateral intrastriatal injections of QA (300 nmol) alone or plus DMPX (0.02, 0.2 and 2 microg). At the dose of 0.2 microg, DMPX completely prevented QA-induced EEG abnormalities at the level of frontal cortex. The results support the hypothesis of a neuroprotective role of adenosine A(2) receptor antagonists.
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