Glutathione-induced inhibition of Na+-independent and -dependent bindings of L-[3H]glutamate in rat brain

Life Sci. 1986 Dec 22;39(25):2411-8. doi: 10.1016/0024-3205(86)90482-0.


Reduced glutathione (GSH, 10(-7)-10(-3) M) was found to exert a profound suppressive action on the Na+-independent and -dependent bindings of L-[3H]glutamic acid (Glu) in a temperature-independent manner. Similarly significant reduction of the bindings resulted from the addition of oxidized glutathione (GSSG). Scatchard analysis revealed that GSH as well as GSSG invariably decreased the affinity of the binding sites for [3H]Glu without significantly affecting the number of the binding sites. These results suggest that GSH (GSSG) may in part participate in the synaptic transmission at central Glu neurons through interaction with the receptors and/or the uptake sites for Glu.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Glutamates / metabolism*
  • Glutathione / pharmacology*
  • Kinetics
  • Oligopeptides / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Sodium / metabolism*
  • Synaptosomes / metabolism


  • Glutamates
  • Oligopeptides
  • Sodium
  • Glutathione