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... More than 60 years ago it was observed that domestic animals developed seizures after being fed bleached (agenized) flour [95]. The bleaching process oxidized methionine in the flour to MSO [96], and later investigations demonstrated that systemic administration of MSO to rats and mice inhibits GS and results in severe convulsive seizures [97][98][99][100]. Moreover, chronic infusion of MSO locally into the hippocampus of rats results in inhibition of GS, and subsequent recurrent seizures [17,80]. ...
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Glutamine synthetase (GS, E.C. 6.3.1.2) is a ubiquitous and highly compartmentalized enzyme that is critically involved in several metabolic pathways in the brain, including the glutamine-glutamate-GABA cycle and detoxification of ammonia. GS is normally localized to the cytoplasm of most astrocytes, with elevated concentrations of the enzyme being present in perivascular endfeet and in processes close to excitatory synapses. Interestingly, an increasing number of studies have indicated that the expression, distribution, or activity of brain GS is altered in several brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, depression, suicidality, and mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). Although the metabolic and functional sequelae of brain GS perturbations are not fully understood, it is likely that a deficiency in brain GS will have a significant biological impact due to the critical metabolic role of the enzyme. Furthermore, it is possible that restoration of GS in astrocytes lacking the enzyme could constitute a novel and highly specific therapy for these disorders. The goals of this review are to summarize key features of mammalian GS under normal conditions, and discuss the consequences of GS deficiency in brain disorders, specifically MTLE.
... MSO has been described as the chemical responsible for seizures induced in various animals after consumption of agenized flour, during the mid-1950s [157][158][159]; and it was therefore used to induce seizures in different animals, essentially rats and mice with characterized EEG alterations before and during seizures [124,154,160,161]. Moreover, some plants of the Cnestis genus, from Madagascar and Asia, were used to kill running dogs by causing severe convulsions. ...
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Sir Edward MelIanby had accepted a cordial invitation from the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Biochemistry to contribute this Prefatory Chapter. Unhappily, before he had completed his seventy-first year, he died suddenly on Sunday, January 30, 1955, about mid-day, after he had spent the morning at his research. His draft of the introduction to his contribution to this volume is printed below in the section“ to British Biochemistry.” For nearly six years after retiring from the post of Secretary of the Medical Research Council, he continued to engage in research work and in many scientific affairs. He was, for example, active in the Royal Society, of which he had been a Fellow for 30 years, and he was one of its Vice-Presidents. Sir Henry Dale has recently completed an Obituary Notice of Mellanby for the Royal Society (1955); this tribute is of such grandeur as perhaps only a man of Sir Henry's eminence could contribute, and I shall quote from this to give the weight of wisdom, experience, and knowledge to this chapter.
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The chemical fate of methyl bromide absorbed by wheat under the conditions of fumigation has been studied. Whole-wheat flour was exposed to 14C-labelled methyl bromide. The fat, starch, gluten, and water-soluble fractions were prepared from the exposed flour and their 14C-content assayed. The gluten or protein fraction was responsible for some 80% of the decomposition of the absorbed fumigant. By measuring the 14C of the volatile products obtained on treating the gluten with sodium hydroxide or hydriodic acid under different conditions, it was shown that the decomposition of methyl bromide in gluten was due almost entirely to methylation with the formation of 50% of N-methyl derivatives, 30% of dimethyl sulphonium derivatives, and of 20% of methoxyl and thiomethoxyl derivatives in about equal proportions. Similar results were obtained when gluten alone was exposed to the labelled fumigant. The production of free methanol in the flour by hydrolysis of the absorbed fumigant was about 10% or less. The rate of spontaneous decomposition of the dimethyl sulphonium compounds formed as a result of fumigation was estimated by using wheat which had been grown on 35S-labelled sulphate.
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In this first of a series of four papers, an investigation is described into the possible production of abnormal substances by the action of ten times the normal level of chlorine dioxide treatment of flour. Quantitative aspects of the amino-acid content of the flour protein after treatment have also been studied. Comparison has been made with untreated and normally treated flours and with flour treated with ten times the normal amount of nitrogen trichloride. No abnormal ninhydrin-reactive substances resulting from the treatment have been found and, of the essential amino-acids, only tryptophan has been reduced in proportion, to an extent greater than 10% after heavy treatment with nitrogen trichloride. Of the non-essential amino-acids, cystine has been reduced to about 75% by heavy treatment with chlorine dioxide or nitrogen trichloride. The remaining three papers of the series will deal with the biological aspects of the investigation.
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