The content of GABA and other amino acids in bovine cerebral cortex synaptic vesicles

Nava Zisapel, Neomi Zurgil

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Abstract

The content of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) and of other water soluble amino acids in bovine brain synaptic vesicles was determined by a modified automated amino acid analysis method. Following subcellular fractionation, GABA, glutamate and aspartate were distributed largely in the supernatant fractions and in the upper layer of the sucrose gradient. Only 10-20% of the total content was associated with the vesicular fraction. On the other hand, the other water soluble amino acids, such as serine, glycine and alanine, were evenly distributed between cytoplasmic and particulate fractions in a similar pattern to that observed with cytoplasmic enzyme markers. The results may indicate specific association of GABA, glutamate and aspartate with low density particles or cytoplasmic components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-235
Number of pages5
JournalLife Sciences
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Jul 1978

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