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Lipid signaling in experimental epilepsy.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neurochemical research
Publication Date
Volume
30
Issue
6-7
Pages
847–853
Identifiers
PMID: 16187219
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Glutamate release activates signaling pathways important for learning and memory, and over-stimulation of these pathways during seizures leads to aberrant synaptic plasticity associated with hyper-excitable, seizure-prone states. Seizures induce rapid accumulation of membrane lipid-derived fatty acids at the synapses which, evidence suggests, regulate maladaptive connectivity. Here we give an overview of the significance of the arachidonyl- and inositol-derived messengers, prostaglandins (PGs) and diacylglycerol (DAG), in experimental models of epilepsy. We use studies conducted in our own laboratory to highlight the pro-epileptogenic role of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and its products, the PGs, and we discuss the possible mechanisms by which PGs may regulate membrane excitability and synaptic transmission at the cellular level. We conclude with a discussion of AA-DAG signaling in synaptic plasticity and seizure susceptibility with an emphasis on recent studies in our laboratory involving DAG kinase epsilon (DGKepsilon)-knockout mice.

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