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Terrence Brannon brannon at surf.usc.edu
Tue Sep 16 11:11:06 EST 1997

marilee at MED.UNC.EDU (Marilee Shelton) writes:

> I would like some ideas for antagonists and agonists to separate
> AMPA-preferring and kainate-preferring receptors.  I am aware of
> cyclothiazide and concanavalin A to selectively potentiate the responses,
> but have not had much luck with them.  I need some specific agonists or
> antagonists.  Also, I have seen a few papers with the AMPA antagonist, GYKI
> 53655, but I have not found this commercially available.  Does anyone have
> experience with 1-BCP from Tocris Cookson? Is it very selective?  Any help
> would be greatly appreciated. 

This isnt my specialty, but we did go over a paper yesterday entitled
"Kainate Receptors Mediate a Slow Postsynaptic Current in Hippocampal
CA3 Neurons" by Castillo, Malenka and Nicoll in v388: Jul 10 1997 of
Nature. Page numbers clipped off in my copy :-)

They talk about something called GYKI which blocks AMPA but not
kainate receptors and CNQX which blocks both AMPA and kainate. There
is also some discussion about L-CCG1 which blocks mossy fibre synaptic

Good luck,
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