Blockade of NMDA receptors by MK-801 reverses the changes in striatal glutamate immunolabeling in 6-OHDA-lesioned rats.

A lesion of the dopamine (DA)-containing nigrostriatal pathway with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) results in an increase in the density of nerve terminal glutamate immunolabeling and in the mean percentage of asymmetrical synapses containing a discontinuous postsynaptic density [Meshul et al. (1999) Neuroscience 88:1-16]. Similar alterations in striatal… (More)