The excitatory amino acids as neurotransmitters in the neocortex, hippocampus, striatum, thalamus, amygdala, nucleus basalis of Meynert and cerebellum from rats aged 4 months, 12 months and 24 months have been examined by measuring sodium-dependent high affinity uptake of D-[3H]-aspartate into preparations containing synaptosomes. Calcium-dependent K(+)-stimulated release of endogenous glutamate from the nucleus basalis was also measured. The hippocampus and cerebellum failed to show significant age-related changes in uptake of D-[3H]-aspartate. D-[3H]-aspartate uptake decreased significantly in the neocortex (29%), striatum (29%), nucleus basalis (26%), amygdala (19%) and thalamus (16%) in the middle-aged rats as compared to the young rats, but the changes were not progressive with age. The release of glutamate from the nucleus basalis was unaltered during the aging process.
Neurobiol Aging 11 (۱۹۹۰) ۱۴۵۵- ۱۵۸