Neurochemical Research

, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 731–736 | Cite as

Effect of unilateral motor cortex ablation on activity of choline acetyltransferase and levels of amino acid transmitter candidates in the spinal cord of adult monkeys

  • Kimikazu Fujita
  • Yutaka Nagata
  • Kohichi Konno
  • Tetsuo Kanno
  • Kamaravelu Selvakumar
Original Articles


Evidence thatl-glutamate is a neurotransmitter of corticofugal fibers was sought by measuring changes in several biochemical markers of neurotransmitter function in discrete regions of spinal cord after ablation of sensorimotor cortex in monkeys. One and five weeks after unilateral cortical ablation, samples from six areas of spinal cord (ventral, lateral and dorsal regions of the left and right sides) were analysed for choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) activity and contents of amino acid transmitter candidates-glutamic acid (Glu), aspartic acid (Asp), glycine (Gly), taurine (Tau) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). During one to five weeks after unilateral cortical ablation of the monkey, prolonged hemiplegia in the contralateral side was observed. Histological examination of the spinal cord 5 weeks after unilateral (left) cortical ablation showed no apparent change in either control (ipsilateral, left) or affected (contralateral, right) sides of the cord as examined by the Klüver-Barrera method. The ChAT activity as a cholinergic marker was scarcely changed in any region of either left (control) or right (affected) side of the spinal cord at one and five weeks after unilateral (left side) ablation of the motor cortex. Amino acid levels in each region of the spinal cord were not significantly changed one week after unilateral ablation of the motor cortex. However, a significant decrease of Glu content was observed in the lateral column of the affected (right) side compared to the control (left) side of cervical and lumbar cord five weeks after cortical ablation of the left motor area. No concomitant alterations of other amino acids were detected. These data strongly suggest thatl-Glu is a neurotransmitter for corticofugal pyramidal tract fibers to anterior horn secondary neurons related to motor control activity in monkey spinal cord.

Key Words

Acetylcholine choline acetyltransferase aspartic acid glutamic acid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimikazu Fujita
    • 1
  • Yutaka Nagata
    • 1
  • Kohichi Konno
    • 2
  • Tetsuo Kanno
    • 2
  • Kamaravelu Selvakumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physiology, School of MedicineFujita Health UniversityToyoake-shi, Aichi-kenJapan
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, School of MedicineFujita Health UniversityToyoake, AichiJapan

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