This study examined the ability of phencyclidine (PCP) to inhibit the responses to N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) in depolarizing concentrations of K+. The effects of PCP and Mg2+ on NMDA-induced norepinephrine release from hippocampal slices were measured during superfusion with various extracellular concentrations of K+. The IC50 values for Mg2+ and PCP were significantly higher in K+ concentrations above 6 mM. These data are supportive of the hypothesis that PCP produces a voltage-dependent blockade of NMDA-activated ion channels.
- Norepinephrine release
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