Glutamate in rat brain cortex synaptic vesicles: influence of the vesicle isolation procedure

Brain Res. 1986 Oct 29;386(1-2):405-8. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(86)90181-2.


Rat brain cortex synaptic vesicles have been isolated by 3 different procedures. The one of Hata et al. (J. Neurochem., 27 (1976) 139) gave synaptic vesicles with a high glutamate content, but also, as judged by [3H]ouabain binding and electron microscopy, with considerable contamination by plasma membrane vesicles. This did not allow a precise estimation of the glutamate content of each synaptic vesicle. The second procedure used (Life Sci., 21 (1977) 1075), in which the tissue is homogenized with an all glass homogenizer, yielded vesicles of higher purity, but with no glutamate. A slightly modified Kadota and Kadota procedure (J. Cell Biol., 58 (1973) 135) gave synaptic vesicles of a very high purity that were filtered on a Sepharose 4B column, and there, the synaptic vesicle fraction of highest purity was estimated to contain 3640 glutamate molecules in each glutamatergic vesicle. This is equivalent to an intravesicular concentration of 0.21 M, that is, at least 10 times higher than the glutamate concentration in the rat brain cortex.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Fractionation / methods*
  • Cerebral Cortex / analysis*
  • Cerebral Cortex / ultrastructure
  • Glutamates / analysis*
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Ouabain / metabolism
  • Radioligand Assay
  • Rats
  • Receptors, Kainic Acid
  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter / analysis
  • Synaptic Vesicles*


  • Glutamates
  • Receptors, Kainic Acid
  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Ouabain