The effects of N-acetylaspartylglutamate and distribution of N-acetylaspartylglutamate-like immunoreactivity in the rat somatosensory thalamus

Neuroscience. 1988 Jun;25(3):899-906. doi: 10.1016/0306-4522(88)90043-7.


The ventrobasal thalamus and adjacent regions were stained for the presence of N-acetylaspartylglutamate-like immunoreactivity. Immunoreactive axonal terminals were observed in this area and also in certain non-specific thalamic nuclei, the reticular thalamic nucleus and the lateral geniculate nucleus. Stained somata were found in the habenula, centrolateral thalamic nucleus and reticular thalamic nucleus. Iontophoretically applied N-acetylaspartylglutamate had variable, although predominantly inhibitory, actions on ventrobasal thalamus neurons. These results indicate that N-acetylaspartylglutamate is unlikely to be the neurotransmitter of ascending somatosensory afferents, but do not rule out the possibility that it has some other neurotransmitter or neuromodulator role in the ventrobasal thalamus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials / drug effects
  • Animals
  • Dipeptides / analysis*
  • Dipeptides / pharmacology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Rats
  • Thalamus / analysis*
  • Thalamus / drug effects
  • Thalamus / physiology


  • Dipeptides
  • isospaglumic acid