AMPA/Kainate Receptor Antagonist
    Cat #: C-140
  • Lyophilized Powder
  • Bioassay Tested
  • Source Synthetic
    MW: 232.2
    Purity: >98%
    Effective concentration 300 nM - 500 µM.
      • CNQX
    Chemical name 6-Cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione.
    Molecular formula C9H4N4O4.
    CAS No.: 115066-14-3.
    Activity AMPA/kainate receptor antagonist. The concentrations that inhibit 50% of AMPA binding (IC50) for CNQX in dorsal horn neurons and motoneurons are 300 nM-1.3 µM. It was about one-fifth as effective at kainate binding sites1,2. The association of AMPA receptors with TARPs converts CNQX from an antagonist to a weak partial agonist. CNQX binds with high affinity to both high and low affinity AMPA binding sites in rat brain. CNQX is a potent antagonist in electrophysiological responses mediated by non-NMDA receptors. Effects at NMDA receptors are much weaker.
      • Honore, T. et al. (1988) Science 241, 701.
      • Long, S.K. et al. (1990) Br. J. Pharmacol. 100, 850.
    Shipping and storage Shipped at room temperature. Product as supplied can be stored intact at room temperature for several weeks. For longer periods, it should be stored at -20°C.
    Solubility DMSO. Centrifuge all product preparations before use (10000 x g for 5 min).
    Storage of solutions Up to four weeks at 4°C or three months at -20°C.
      • CNQX
        Alomone Labs CNQX inhibits GluA1 channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes.
        Time course of current reversible inhibition by 50 and 500 μM CNQX (#C-140) (at 0 mV) in the presence of 10 μM glutamate. Amplitude change as a result of the application of raising concentrations of CNQX (perfusion duration indicated by the horizontal bar, concentration as indicated).
    References - Scientific background
      • The first widely used competitive AMPA receptor antagonists were quinoxalinediones (CNQX, DNQX, NBQX), which were highly selective over NMDA receptors but antagonized kainate receptors. CNQX is a potent, competitive AMPA/kainate receptor antagonist. It also acts as an antagonist at the NMDA receptor glycine site.

        This non-NMDA receptor antagonist inhibits [3H]AMPA binding to quisqualate receptors at submicromolar concentrations. CNQX also selectively blocks the excitatory action of quisqualate and kainate on spinal neurons with little or no effect on that of NMDA.

        The concentrations that inhibit 50% of [3H]AMPA binding (IC50) for CNQX in dorsal horn neurons is 300 nM1.

        The association of AMPA receptors with TARP auxiliary subunits converts CNQX from an antagonist to a weak partial agonist. CNQX induces partial domain closure, consistent with the activity of a partial agonist. CNQX blocks both fast AMPA-mediated and slow kainate receptor-mediated mEPSCs2.

        EC50 values for depression of the monosynaptic ventral root reflex is 1.0 ± 0.3 µM3.

        Direct binding studies using CNQX as a radioligand show that CNQX binds with high affinity (40 nM) to both high (14 nM) and low (235 nM) affinity AMPA binding sites in rat brain4.

    Target AMPA/Kainate receptors
    Last update: 24/01/2020

    CNQX (#C-140) is a highly pure, synthetic, and biologically active compound.

    For research purposes only, not for human use
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