Beta-carboline analogues of N-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP): endogenous factors underlying idiopathic parkinsonism?

@article{Collins1985BetacarbolineAO,
  title={Beta-carboline analogues of N-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP): endogenous factors underlying idiopathic parkinsonism?},
  author={Michael A. Collins and Edward J. Neafsey},
  journal={Neuroscience letters},
  year={1985},
  volume={55 2},
  pages={179-84}
}
A remarkable structural similarity exists between the parkinsonian neurotoxin, N-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), and 2-[N]-methyl-tetrahydro-beta-carboline (2M-THBC), a tryptamine-derived alkaloid which can be biosynthesized in brain. To explore whether the beta-carboline also has neurotoxic effects, owl monkeys were treated daily with MPTP or 2M-THBC. Acute behavioral similarities were seen, but 2M-THBC did not induce persistent parkinsonism, nor did it cause apparent loss… CONTINUE READING