Changes in d-aspartic acid and d-glutamic acid levels in the tissues and physiological fluids of mice with various d-aspartate oxidase activities

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Abstract

d-Aspartic acid (d-Asp) and d-glutamic acid (d-Glu) are currently paid attention as modulators of neuronal transmission and hormonal secretion. These two d-amino acids are metabolized only by d-aspartate oxidase (DDO) in mammals. Therefore, in order to design and develop new drugs controlling the d-Asp and d-Glu amounts via regulation of the DDO activities, changes in these acidic d-amino acid amounts in various tissues are expected to be clarified in model animals having various DDO activities. In the present study, the amounts of Asp and Glu enantiomers in 6 brain tissues, 11 peripheral tissues and 2 physiological fluids of DDO+/+, DDO+/− and DDO−/− mice were determined using a sensitive and selective two-dimensional HPLC system. As a result, the amounts of d-Asp were drastically increased with the decrease in the DDO activity in all the tested tissues and physiological fluids. On the other hand, the amounts of d-Glu were almost the same among the 3 strains of mice. The present results are useful for designing new drug candidates, such as DDO inhibitors, and further studies are expected.

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