Elisabet Westerberg

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The excitatory amino acid glutamate has been suggested to be an important mediator of the selective CA1 hippocampal damage which follows transient cerebral ischemia. In order to evaluate the possible involvement of altered glutamate receptor regulation in the expression of the delayed neuronal necrosis following ischemia, we have determined the density of(More)
The glutamate (Glu) terminals in rat neostriatum were removed by a unilateral frontal decortication. One to two weeks later the effects of insulin-induced hypoglycemia on the steady-state levels of amino acids [Glu, glutamine (Gln), aspartate (Asp), gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), taurine] and energy metabolites (glucose, glycogen, alpha-ketoglutarate,(More)
Unilateral ablations of the motor cortex were performed on rats. One to two weeks following the ablation they were subjected to 30 min of reversible insulin-induced hypoglycemic coma. The levels of glutamate, aspartate, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), taurine, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), adenosine diphosphate (ADP), adenosine monophosphate (AMP) and(More)
The concentrations of free fatty acids (FFAs) in the neostriatum of control rats and rats subjected to unilateral cortical ablation were measured during and following severe insulin-induced hypoglycemia. The total FFA concentration in the caudate nucleus contralateral to the lesion increased to approximately 1.5 and 3 times the control level after 5 and 30(More)
Changes in amino acid concentrations were studied in the cortex, cerebellum, and hippocampus of the rat brain, after 20 min of seizure activity induced by kainic acid, 47 mumol/kg i.v.; L-allylglycine, 2.4 mmol/kg i.v.; or bicuculline, 3.27 mumol/kg i.v. in paralysed, mechanically ventilated animals. Metabolic changes associated with kainic acid seizures(More)
The changes in excitatory amino acid receptor ligand binding induced by transient cerebral ischemia were studied in the rat hippocampal subfields. Ten minutes of ischemia was induced by common carotid artery occlusion combined with hypotension, and the animals were allowed variable periods of recovery ranging from 1 day to 4 weeks. The binding of 3H-AMPA(More)
Using microdialysis, extracellular noradrenaline (NA) levels in the rat cerebral cortex were studied under isoflurane/N2O anaesthesia before, during and for 6 hours following 10 min of forebrain ischemia in a 2-vessel occlusion model. A microdialysis probe was introduced into the parietal cortex and dorsal hippocampus in anaesthetized rats and continuously(More)
Changes in the levels of arachidonic acid during ischemia in selectively vulnerable areas of the hippocampus were studied in the rat brain. Since neurons in the CA1 region are more vulnerable to ischemia than neurons in the adjacent CA3 region, the release of arachidonic acid in these two regions was measured during decapitation ischemia of 4- to 12-min(More)