Coluracetam also named MKC-231, a putative cholinergic activity, is reported to improve learning and memory impaired in AF64A-treated animals. MKC-231 enhances high-affinity choline uptake (HACU) known as the rate-limiting step of acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis. We investigated the mode of action (MOA) of HACU enhancement by MKC-231. Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injections of AF64A (3 nmol/brain) resulted in significant HACU reduction in hippocampal synaptosomes. Treatment with MKC-231 increased Vmax of HACU and Bmax of [3H]-HC-3 binding 1.6 and 1.7-fold, respectively. In studies of [3H]-MKC-231 binding and Biacore analysis, MKC-231 showed noticeable affinity for cloned high-affinity choline transporters (CHT1). The present study suggests that MKC-231 directly affects trafficking of CHT1 and increases the numbers of transporter, working for HACU, at the synaptic membrane.
Coluracetam is a nootropic agent of the racetam family. It would be a potential medication for comorbid major depressive disorder (MDD) with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It may also have potential use in prevention and treatment of ischemic retinopathy and retinal and optic nerve injury.
Coluracetam is also considered a potential therapeutic drug for schizophrenia.