Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of L-serine was shown to have sedative and hypnotic effects on neonatal chicks under acute stressful conditions. To clarify the central mechanism of these effects of L-serine, two experiments were done. First, we focused on the glycogenic pathway in which L-serine is converted into pyruvate and finally glucose. I.c.v. administration of pyruvate (0.84 μmol) did not induce any behavioral and endocrinological changes, while L-serine and glucose triggered sedative and hypnotic effects. Secondly, the relationship between the sedation by L-serine and the metabolism into other amino acids which have sedative effects was investigated in the telencephalon and diencephalon. In both brain areas, a dose-dependent increase was seen in L-serine, although other amino acids were not changed. In the present study, it was concluded that the sedative action of L-serine was not due to the action of its metabolite pyruvate, or to the action of other amino acids.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Organic Chemistry