Effect of elevated brain GABA concentrations on the actions of bicuculline and picrotoxin in mice

Research paper by Paul J. Schechter, Yvette Tranier

Indexed on: 01 Jan '77Published on: 01 Jan '77Published in: Psychopharmacology


γ-Acetylenic GABA and γ-vinyl GABA, two catalytic irreversible inhibitors of mammalian brain GABA transaminase that produce several-fold increases in brain GABA concentrations were tested for their effects on bicuculline and picrotoxin-induced seizures and mortality in mice. Neither inhibitor influenced the frequency of seizures or death produced by either bicuculline or picrotoxin. Both inhibitors, however, produced a dose-dependent prolongation of the time to onset of seizures and death induced by picrotoxin but not by bicuculline. These results suggest differences in the antagonism by bicuculline and picrotoxin of GABA-mediated neural functions.