Purinergic modulation of the seizure threshold for pentylenetetrazol in the rat

T. F. Murray, D. Sylvester, C. S. Schultz, P. Szot

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The effects of various metabolically-stable analogs of adenosine on the threshold for seizures in rats was determined by measuring the dose of pentylenetetrazol (PTZ), infused through a tail vein, required to elicit a myoclonic jerk. The adenosine receptor agonists, 2-chloroadenosine (2-ClAdo), cyclohexyladenosine (CHA) and l- and d-phenylisopropyladenosine (l- and d-Pia), all produced dose-dependent elevations of the seizure threshold for pentylenetetrazol in rats. l-Phenylisopropyl-adenosine was the most potent analog of adenosine tested with a dose as small as 5 μg/kg (i.v.) producing a 23% increase in seizure threshold for pentylenetetrazol. The rank order of the potency of adenosine agonists in increasing the seizure threshold was l-PIA > 2-ClAdo > CHA > d-PIA, with l-PIA being 79 times more potent than d-PIA. In contrast to these effects, the adenosine receptor antagonist, theophylline, elicited a proconvulsant effect in doses from 15 to 60 mg/kg (i.p.). The effect of theophylline in reducing seizure threshold for pentylenetetrazol peaked at 30 mg/kg, a dose which reduced the seizure threshold by approx. 27%. Support for the involvement of recognition sites for adenosine in the observed modulation of seizure threshold was provided by the antagonism of the elevation of the seizure threshold for pentylenetetrazol induced by 2-ClAdo, by pretreatment with theophylline (5 mg/kg, i.v.). These findings provide support for the idea that endogenous adenosine may function as a regulator of seizure susceptibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-766
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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