ABSTRACT: The manipulation of glutamate neurotransmission could represent a potential strategy for the pharmacotherapy of schizophrenic symptoms. Preclinical studies suggest that two subtypes of metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors such as mGlu2/3 and mGlu5 receptors have the potential to ameliorate deficits in schizophrenia. In our study we evaluated the role of a non-specific mGlu receptor agonist ((1S,3R)-1-aminocyclopentane-1,3-dicarboxylic acid; 1S,3R-ACPD), mGlu5 receptor agonist or positive modulators ((RS)-2-Chloro-5-hydroxyphenylglycine;CHPG; [(3-Fluoro-phenyl)methylene]hydrazone-3-fluorobenzaldehyde; DFB; 3-Cyano-N-(1,3-diphenyl-1H-pyrazol-5-yl)benzamide; CDPPB) and a mGlu2/3 receptor agonist (2,2,2-Trifluoro-N-[4-(2-methoxyphenoxy)phenyl]-N-(3-pyrdinylmethyl)ethanesulfonamide hydrochloride; LY-487379) on performance in a cognitive task (Active Allothetic Place Avoidance) after sub-chronic administration of 5R,10S)-(+)-5-methyl-10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenzo(a,d)-cyclo-hepten-5,10-imine; MK-801 . The Active Allothetic Place Avoidance task is suitable for assessing the executive function and attention of animals and was previously validated for testing the effect of anti-psychotics. Application of the mGlu2/3 receptor agonist had no effect on cognitive impairment induced by MK-801. However, the mGlu5 receptor agonists ameliorated cognitive impairment induced by MK-801 without affecting locomotion. In conclusion, the mGlu5 receptor agonists could be effective in the treatment of cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia. However, the pro-cognitive effect of the agonist of mGlu2/3 receptors was not demonstrated in the present study.
European journal of pharmacology 04/2010; 639(1-3):91-8. · 2.59 Impact Factor