The effects of methylglyoxal on central synaptic transmission in the isolated nerve cord of the cockroach. (Periplaneta americana L)

Arch Toxicol Suppl. 1985:8:337-41. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-69928-3_67.


Methylglyoxal (10(-5) to 1.5 X 10(-4) M) was found to have excitatory effects on synaptic transmission in the isolated 6th abdominal ganglion of the cockroach. There was a concentration-dependent depolarization of the giant interneurones which was accompanied by an increase in the amplitude and duration of electrically evoked excitatory postsynaptic potentials. The frequency of spontaneous activity was also increased.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aldehydes / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Cockroaches
  • Membrane Potentials / drug effects
  • Pyruvaldehyde / pharmacology*
  • Synapses / drug effects
  • Synaptic Transmission / drug effects*


  • Aldehydes
  • Pyruvaldehyde