glutamate & blood-brain-barrier

rifle river jstream at girch1.med.uth.tmc.edu
Tue Aug 17 11:30:38 EST 1993


In article <CBq29H.9vH at anat.UMSMED.EDU>, jbh at anat.UMSMED.EDU (James B.
Hutchins) wrote:

> amino acids synthesized by brain, including those amino acids which act
>                                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> as neurotransmitters, are not only limited in their entry but are actively
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> transported out of the brain (A system)."  [Emphasis mine.  L=luminal


So what is the problem with eating large quantities of Monosodium
glutamate?
Does it inhibit the transport out?  Does it actually induce light sleep?


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