Jacques H Abraini

Jacques H Abraini
Armed Forces Biomedical Research Institute, France | IRBA · ERRSO

PhD (Neuro), DSc, DPsy

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Circulating mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is receiving increasing attention as a danger-associated molecular pattern in conditions such as autoimmunity or trauma. In the context of decompression sickness (DCS), the course of which is sometimes erratic, we hypothesize that mtDNA plays a not insignificant role particularly in neurological type accidents....
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In its severest forms, decompression sickness (DCS) may extend systemically and/or induce severe neurological deficits, including paralysis or even death. It seems that the sterile and ischemic inflammatory phenomena are consecutive to the reaction of the bubbles with the organism and that the blood platelet activation plays a determinant role in t...
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According to the OECD statistical base for 2014, anti-depressants will, on average, be distributed at a rate of 62 daily doses per 1,000 inhabitants for the 25 countries surveyed (Health at a glance: Europe 2014; OECD Health Statistics; World Health Organization and OECD Health Statistics, 2014). Divers must be concerned. On another hand, divers ar...
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Xenon (Xe) is considered to be the golden standard neuroprotective gas. However, Xe has a higher molecular weight and lower thermal conductivity and specific heat than those of nitrogen, the main diluent of oxygen in air. These physical characteristics could impair or at least reduce the intrinsic neuroprotective action of Xe by increasing the pati...
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The noble gases xenon (Xe) and helium (He) are known to possess neuroprotective properties. Xe is considered the golden standard neuroprotective gas. However, Xe has a higher molecular weight and lower thermal conductivity and specific heat than those of nitrogen, the main diluent of oxygen (O2) in air, conditions that could impair or at least redu...
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Background and purpose: Cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) damages remains a major concern during prehospital management of acute myocardial infarction. Noble gases have shown beneficial effects in preconditioning studies. Because emergency proceedings in the context of myocardial infarction require postconditioning strategies, we...
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Recent data have shown that normobaric oxygen (NBO) increases the catalytic and thrombolytic efficiency of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) in vitro, and is as efficient as rtPA at restoring cerebral blood flow in rats subjected to thromboembolic brain ischemia. Therefore, in the present study, we studied the effects of hyperbaric ox...
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Normobaric oxygen (NBO) and hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) are emerging as a possible co-treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Both have been shown to reduce infarct volume, to improve neurologic outcome, to promote endogenous tissue plasminogen activator-induced thrombolysis and cerebral blood flow, and to improve tissue oxygenation through oxygen diffusio...
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The occurrence of paroxysmal narcotic episodes including psychotic-like symptoms in divers participating to experimental deep diving programs with various gas mixtures has constituted, beyond the classical symptoms of the high-pressure neurological syndrome, the major limitation for deep diving. With the development of new saturation deep diving pr...
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In mice, disseminated coagulation, inflammation, and ischemia induce neurological damage that can lead to death. These symptoms result from circulating bubbles generated by a pathogenic decompression. Acute fluoxetine treatment or the presence of the TREK-1 potassium channel increases the survival rate when mice are subjected to an experimental div...
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Interventions: Helium has been shown to provide neuroprotection in mechanical model of acute ischemic stroke by inducing hypothermia, a condition shown by itself to reduce the thrombolytic and proteolytic properties of tissue plasminogen activator. However, whether or not helium interacts with the thrombolytic drug tissue plasminogen activator, th...
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Despite state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment, about 30% of patients suffering neurologic decompression sickness (DCS) exhibit incomplete recovery. Since the mechanisms of neurologic DCS involve ischemic processes which result in excitotoxicity, it is likely that HBO in combination with an anti-excitotoxic treatment would improve the o...
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We investigated the effects of the noble gas argon on the expression of locomotor sensitization to amphetamine and amphetamine-induced changes in dopamine release and mu-opioid neurotransmission in the nucleus accumbens. We found (1) argon blocked the increase in carrier-mediated dopamine release induced by amphetamine in brain slices, but, in cont...
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Systemic administration of γ-amino-butyric acid type A (GABA-A) and benzodiazepine receptor agonists has been reported to block the development of locomotor sensitization to amphetamine. Here, we investigated whether the non-anesthetic noble gas argon, shown to possess agonistic properties at these receptors, may block the acquisition of amphetamin...
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Background: The mechanisms by which general anesthetics, including xenon and nitrous oxide, act are only beginning to be discovered. However, structural approaches revealed weak but specific protein-gas interactions. Methods: To improve knowledge, we performed x-ray crystallography studies under xenon and nitrous oxide pressure in a series of 10...
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Background: Current in vivo methods cannot distinguish between the roles of vascular and stationary tissular gas bubbles in the mechanisms of decompression sickness (DCS). New method: To answer this question, we designed a normobaric-hyperbaric chamber for studying specifically the contribution of stationary tissular gas bubbles in the mechanism...
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Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be a life threatening condition. Systemic hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is used to induce CO detoxification. However, little is known about the hemodynamic response to HBO in severely intoxicated patients. We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 6 CO-poisoned patients treated with propofol, rocuronium...
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The present invention relates to a pharmaceutical composition comprising at least one thrombolytic agent (A), such as the human recombinant form of tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA), and at least one gas (B) selected from the group consisting of nitrous oxide, argon, xenon, helium, neon, and mixtures thereof, as a combined composition for s...
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Argon has been shown to provide cortical as well as, under certain conditions, subcortical neuroprotection in all models so far (middle cerebral artery occlusion, trauma, neonatal asphyxia, etc.). This has led to the suggestion that argon could be a cost-efficient alternative to xenon, a metabolically inert gas thought to be gold standard in gas ph...
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Massive bubble formation after diving can lead to decompression sickness (DCS) that can result in central nervous system disorders or even death. Bubbles alter the vascular endothelium and activate blood cells and inflammatory pathways, leading to a systemic pathophysiological process that promotes ischemic damage. Fluoxetine, a well-known antidepr...
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The potential benefit of 100 vol% normobaric oxygen (NBO) for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke patients is still a matter of debate. To advance this critical question, we studied the effects of intraischemic normobaric oxygen alone or in combination with recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (rtPA) on cerebral blood flow and ischemic brain...
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In vitro studies have well established the neuroprotective action of the noble gas argon. However, only limited data from in vivo models are available, and particularly whether postexcitotoxic or postischemic argon can provide neuroprotection in vivo still remains to be demonstrated. Here, we investigated the possible neuroprotective effect of post...
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Preclinical evidence in rodents has suggested that inert gases, such as xenon or nitrous oxide, may be promising neuroprotective agents for treating acute ischemic stroke. This has led to many thinking that clinical trials could be initiated in the near future. However, a recent study has shown that xenon interacts with tissue-type plasminogen acti...
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The use and benefits of normobaric oxygen (NBO) in patients suffering acute ischemic stroke is still controversial. Here we show for the first time to the best of our knowledge that NBO reduces both NMDA-induced calcium influxes in vitro and NMDA-induced neuronal degeneration in vivo, but increases oxygen and glucose deprivation-induced cell injury...
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The remarkably safe anesthetics xenon (Xe) and, to lesser extent, nitrous oxide (N(2)O) possess neuroprotective properties in preclinical studies. To investigate the mechanisms of pharmacological action of these gases, which are still poorly known, we performed both crystallography under a large range of gas pressure and biochemical studies on urat...
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Repeated administration of psychostimulant drugs, such as amphetamine, induces an enhanced behavioral response to subsequent drug challenge. This behavioral sensitization is proposed to model the increased drug craving observed in human psychostimulant abusers. Current thinking is that the ventral tegmental area, but not the nucleus accumbens, play...
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Structure-function relationships in the tetrameric enzyme urate oxidase were investigated using pressure perturbation. As the active sites are located at the interfaces between monomers, enzyme activity is directly related to the integrity of the tetramer. The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the enzyme was investigated by x-ray crystallography, s...
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Preclinical evidence in rodents has proven that xenon may be a very promising neuroprotective agent for treating acute ischemic stroke. This has led to the general thinking that clinical trials with xenon could be initiated in acute stroke patients in a next future. However, an unappreciated physicochemical property of xenon has been that this gas...
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Since a pioneer work that has shown in vitro that the rat's fibrinolytic system is 10-fold less sensitive to recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (rtPA) than the human system, most preclinical studies are performed with 10 instead of 0.9 mg/kg rtPA (the clinical dose in stroke patients). In this study, we compared the effects of these doses on...
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During the past decade, studies on the manipulation of various inhaled inert gases during ischemia and/or reperfusion have led to the conclusion that inert gases may be promising agents for treating acute ischemic stroke and perinatal hypoxia-ischemia insults. Although there is a general consensus that among these gases xenon is a golden standard,...
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The role of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) in the expression of behavioural locomotor sensitization to amphetamine (Amph) has been poorly studied. In the present study, we investigated how lidocaine infused in the mPFC or BLA modulated motor responses to acute and repeated (sensitization) Amph administration. We...
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Preliminary studies have shown that nitrous oxide, like xenon, may possess potentially neuroprotective properties. However, because of its possible neurotoxic and proneurotoxic effects (obtained under particular conditions) and its bad reputation at anesthetic concentrations, no thorough investigations have been performed on the potentially neuropr...
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The prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA) play a critical role in the production of normal and abnormal goal-oriented behaviors. Though this may be of critical importance to better understand the neural mechanisms of motivated behaviors and certain psychiatric diseases, the specific role of the glutamatergic afferents arising f...
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Although the dorsal hippocampus (DH) and the ventral hippocampus (VH) densely innervate the nucleus accumbens, which mediates the expression of behavioural sensitization, the respective and specific contribution of DH and VH in the expression of behavioural sensitization to amphetamine has not been investigated. In the present study, we investigate...
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Despite the beneficial effects of prototypical glutamatergic receptor antagonists in animal models, the pharmacological attempts by the use of such agents have met with very limited clinical success because these compounds produce adverse side effects and possess an intrinsic neurotoxicity at neuroprotective and therapeutic concentrations. Interest...
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Though many drugs have been proven to reduce ischemia-induced brain damage in animal models, most of them have failed to reach clinical trials or, if not, have not been proven to be efficient in humans suffering stroke. Here, by performing a global analysis of recently published data in eighty nine rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion...
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Brain insults are a major cause of acute mortality and chronic morbidity. Given the largely ineffective current therapeutic strategies, the development of new and efficient therapeutic interventions is clearly needed. A series of previous investigations has shown that the noble and anesthetic gas xenon, which has low-affinity antagonistic propertie...
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The localization of dioxygen sites in oxygen-binding proteins is a nontrivial experimental task and is often suggested through indirect methods such as using xenon or halide anions as oxygen probes. In this study, a straightforward method based on x-ray crystallography under high pressure of pure oxygen has been developed. An application is given o...
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Evidence for functional motor interactions between group I and group III metabotropic glutamatergic (mGlu) receptors and dopamine neurotransmission is now clearly established [David, H.N., Abraini, J.H., 2001a. The group I metabotropic glutamate receptor antagonist S-4-CPG modulates the locomotor response produced by the activation of D1-like, but...
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Excitotoxic neuronal death induced by intracerebral injection of NMDA is a widely used model for investigating the potentially neuroprotective action of pharmacological agents against brain insults involving excitotoxic processes. Surprisingly, the time-course of NMDA-induced brain damage yet has not been investigated in the rat. Answering this que...
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The locomotor effects of intra-NAcc injection of dopamine receptor agonists following discrete lesion or inhibition of the DH or the VH have been poorly investigated using only the indirect dopamine receptor agonist amphetamine. In the present study, we investigated how lidocaine in the DH or the VH modulated hyperlocomotion induced by focal inject...
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In contrast with most inhalational anesthetics, the anesthetic gases xenon (Xe) and nitrous oxide (N(2)O) act by blocking the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. Using x-ray crystallography, we examined the binding characteristics of these two gases on two soluble proteins as structural models: urate oxidase, which is a prototype of a variety of...
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La schizophrénie est une maladie psychiatrique d’évolution chronique ayant pourconséquences des altérations de la perception de la réalité, des troubles cognitifs et des dysfonctionnements sociaux et comportementaux plus ou moins importants. Des travaux antérieurs de neurochimie et neuropharmacologie du comportement spontané chez l’animal soumis au...
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Amphetamine administration induces stimulation-independent dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) through reverse dopamine transport, a critical neurochemical event involved in its psychostimulant action, and furthermore decreases stimulation-dependent vesicular dopamine release. These effects may involve possible indirect glutamatergic m...
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Functional interactions between dopaminergic neurotransmission and glutamatergic neurotransmission are well known to play a crucial integrative role in the striatum, the major input structure of the basal ganglia now widely recognized to contribute to the control of motor activity and movements but also to the processing of cognitive and limbic fun...
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Despite the beneficial effects of prototypical glutamatergic receptor antagonists in animal models, the pharmacological attempts by the use of such agents have met with very limited clinical success because these compounds produce adverse side effects and possess an intrinsic neurotoxicity at neuroprotective and therapeutic concentrations. Interest...
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We investigated whether exposure to noise, in addition to its well-known potentiating effect on toluene-induced ototoxicity, may also exacerbate behavioral disturbances and brain neurochemical alterations produced by subchronic exposure to low toluene concentration. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated whether subchronic combined exposure (16 week...
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Dopamine and glutamate interactions in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) play a crucial role in both the development of a motor response suitable for the environment and in the mechanisms underlying the motor-activating properties of psychostimulant drugs such as amphetamine. We investigated the effects of the infusion in the NAcc of NMDA and non-NMDA r...
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Neuronal death after ischemia-induced brain damage depends largely upon the activation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) excitatory glutamate receptor that is a target for many putative neuroprotective agents. Whereas the NMDA receptors mediate ischemic brain damage, blocking them is deleterious in humans. Here, the authors investigated whether ni...
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Previous investigations have shown that mGlu receptors would be involved in the amphetamine-induced motor response. However, data are somewhat controversial across studies where methodological protocols vary. The aim of the present study was to determine the involvement of mGlu receptors in the NAcc in the locomotor-activating properties of ampheta...
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Unlabelled: Inhaled anesthetics, including the gaseous anesthetics nitrous oxide and xenon, are thought to act by interacting directly with ion-channel receptors. In contrast, little is known about the mechanism of action of inert gases that show only narcotic potency at high pressures, such as nitrogen or argon. In the present study, we investiga...
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Chronic toluene inhalation at concentrations above occupational exposure limits (e.g., 100 ppm; NIOSH) has been repeatedly shown to induce neurotoxic effects. In contrast, although few clinical and experimental data are available on the effects of toluene exposure at concentrations below occupational exposure standards, some of these data may suppo...
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Evidence for functional interactions between metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors and dopamine (DA) neurotransmission is now clearly established. In the present study, we investigated interactions between group III mGlu receptors and D1- and D2-like receptors in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc). Administration, into the NAcc, of the selective group...
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The aim of the study was to examine the Spielberger's hypothesis, according to which changes in state-anxiety level would correspond exactly to adverse changes in mood states. We analyzed the correlation coefficients between state-anxiety and low moods, and further investigated whether these correlation coefficients increase when mood factors were...
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Strong evidence supports the concept that conventional anesthetics, including inhalational agents and inert gases, such as xenon and nitrous oxide, interact directly with ion channel neurotransmitter receptors. However, there is no evidence that nitrogen, which only exhibits narcotic potency at increased pressure, may act by a similar mechanism. We...
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There is strong evidence for the existence of functional interactions between metabotropic glutamate receptors and dopamine transmission in the nucleus accumbens. In the present study, we investigated the interactions between group II mGlu receptors and D1-like- and D2-like receptors in the rat nucleus accumbens. Administration of the selective gro...
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Infusion in the nucleus accumbens of the glutamate uptake inhibitor L-trans-PDC prevented the amphetamine-induced locomotor response. Since L-trans-PDC has been shown to block the amphetamine-induced increase in glutamate but not in DA release, our result indicates that the glutamate transporter is an obligatory target for the activating properties...
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Background Strong evidence supports the concept that conventional anesthetics, including inhalational agents and inert gases, such as xenon and nitrous oxide, interact directly with ion channel neurotransmitter receptors. However, there is no evidence that nitrogen, which only exhibits narcotic potency at increased pressure, may act by a similar me...
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Functional interactions between dopamine (DA) and glutamate neurotransmissions in both the dorsal and the ventral striatum have been described for long time. However, there is much controversy as to whether glutamate transmission stimulates or attenuates DA release and locomotor activity. We investigated the functional interactions on locomotor act...
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High altitude is characterized by hypoxic environmental conditions that may induce a set of pathological disorders, known as acute mountain sickness. In addition to the physiological symptoms, exposure to high altitude may also produce adverse changes in motor skills, mental efficiency, and mood states, including anxiety. In the present study, we i...
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High altitudes of more than 3,000 meters produce physiological disorders and adverse changes in mood states. In the present study, we report analyses of mood states and personality traits in eight experienced climbers participating in a 31-day period of confinement in hypobaric chamber and gradual decompression from sea level to 8,848 m (Experiment...
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Hypoxia is known to alter visual functions. In the present study, the effects of chronic hypobaric hypoxia upon visual color discrimination were studied in 8 subjects participating in a simulated climb from sea level (PO2 = 210 hPa) to 8,848 m (PO2 = 70 hPa) over a 31-day period of confinement in a decompression chamber ('Everst-Comex 97'). During...
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High helium pressure of more than 2 MPa produces central neuroexcitatory motor behavior. In rodents, symptoms comprise locomotor and motor activity (LMA), myoclonia, and, at pressure greater than 9-10 MPa, convulsions and tonic-clonic seizures. We studied the behavioral effects of bilateral injection of the glutamate uptake inhibitor L-trans-pyroll...
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Extreme environmental situations are useful tools for the investigation of the general processes of adaptation. Among such situations, high altitude of more than 3000 m produces a set of pathological disorders that includes both cerebral (cAS) and respiratory (RAS) altitude symptoms. High altitude exposure further induces anxiety responses and beha...
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Helium pressure of >2 MPa is a well known factor underlying pressure-dependent central neuroexcitatory disorders that include locomotor and motor activity (LMA) and myoclonia. We investigated the effects of bilateral injection in either the substantia nigra (SN) or the globus pallidus (GP) of the AMPA receptor agonist (+/-)AMPA, the kainate recepto...