THE CHANGES OF AP-1 DNA BINDING ACTIVITY AND COMPONENTS IN HIPPOCAMPUS OF SEIZURE-SENSITIVE RAT INDUCED BY KAINATE

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Author:
LI Dong-dong()
Feng Ze-hui()
ZHANG Wan-qin()
HONG JAU-SHYONG()
Journal Title:
ACTA PHYSIOLOGICA SINICA
Issue:
Volume 50, Issue 04, 1998
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Key Word:
AP-1 binding activity;AP-1 complex;seizure susceptibility;hippocampus

Abstract: Seizure-sensitive Fisher 344 rats were prepared 7 d after seizure episodes induced by a single subcutaneous administration of convulsive dose (7.5 mg/kg)of kainic acid. The activator protein-1 (AP-1) DNA binding activity and its components in the hippocampus of such rats were examined by Gel shift,Super-shift and Western blot assay. Gel shift assay showed that the basal level of AP-1 DNA binding activity was significantly higher than that of control rat hippocampus. Super-shift showed that only Fra and Jun D antibodies could super-shift AP-1 complex to a higher position. It suggested that the AP-1 complex was composed of Fra and Jun D in hippocampus of the seizure-sensitive rats. Western blot analysis further confirmed that Jun D proteins contained components of 43,39 and 28 kDa. When secondary seizure stimulations were given to seizure-sensitive rats, the AP-1 DNA binding activity was attenuated and the components of AP-1proteins changed transiently. In light of our results and those of literature, it appears that all the mentioned changes may play an important role in induction of long-lasting enhancement in seizure susceptibility.

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