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What does M3CPA stand for?

M3CPA stands for S)-alpha-methyl-3-carboxyphenylalanine

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We have used intracerebroven- tricular injections of agonists and antagonists believed to act selectively on these receptors to study the pro- or anti-convulsant effects of mGluR III activation in non- epileptic (Swiss-Webster) and epileptic (DBA/2) mice. In both mouse strains the prototypic agonists L-2-amino- 4-phosphonobutanoate (LAP4) and L-serine-O-phosphate are proconvulsant. The supposed antagonists (S)-2-methyl-2-amino-4-phosphonobutanoate (MAP4) and (RS)-[alpha]-methyl-4-phosphonophenylglycine (MPPG), have a predominantly proconvulsant effect. (S)-[alpha]- methyl-3-carboxyphenylalanine.
Publication » ChemInform Abstract: Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Two Analogues of (S)-α-Methyl-3-carboxyphenylalanine..
(RS)-alpha-Methyl-4-phosphonophenylglycine (MPPG) and (S)-alpha-methyl-3-carboxyphenylalanine (M3CPA), two novel preferential antagonists of group III metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors, antagonized the neuroprotective activity of L-2-amino-4-phosphono-butanoate (L-AP4) or L-serine-O-phosphate in mice cultured cortical cells exposed to a toxic pulse of N-methyl-D-aspartate. In contrast, MPPG did not influence the neuroprotective activity of the selective group II mGlu receptor agonist, (2S,1'R,2'R,3'R)-2-(2,3-dicarboxy-cyclopropyl) glycine (DCG-IV).