Glutamergic Neurons: Localization and Release of the Transmitter

  • F. Fonnum
  • D. Malthe-Sørenssen
  • I. Kvale
  • A. Søreide
  • K. K. Skrede
  • I. Walaas


Studies have accumulated showing that amino acids may constitute the group of neurotransmitters which dominate quantitatively in the mammalian brain (5,6,10,26,27). Glutamate is the most important candidate as an excitatory neurotransmitter. But it has several other important functions to fulfill and the problem is therefore to locate the transmitter pool of glutamate. By analogy to other amino acids and amines that function as neurotransmitters, this pool can be identified by three methods:
  1. 1)

    High affinity uptake process.

  2. 2)

    Ca++ dependent release on depolarization of brain slices or synaptosomes.

  3. 3)

    A high intraterminal localization.



Nucleus Accumbens Superior Colliculus Lateral Septum Lateral Geniculate Body Diagonal Band 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Fonnum
    • 1
  • D. Malthe-Sørenssen
    • 1
  • I. Kvale
    • 1
  • A. Søreide
    • 1
  • K. K. Skrede
    • 1
  • I. Walaas
    • 1
  1. 1.Division for ToxicologyNorwegian Defence Research EstablishmentKjellerNorway

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