Viral encephalitis increases the risk for developing seizures and epilepsy. Indoleamine 2,3‐dioxygenase 1 (Ido1) is induced by inflammatory cytokines and functions to metabolize tryptophan to kynurenine. Kynurenine can be further metabolized to produce kynurenic acid and the N‐methyl‐d‐aspartate receptor agonist quinolinic acid (QuinA). In the present study, we sought to determine the role of Ido1 in promoting seizures in an animal model of viral encephalitis.
C57BL/6J and Ido1 knockout mice (Ido1‐KO) were infected with Theiler’s murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV). Quantitative real‐time ...Seguir leyendo →