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Fiziologichnyi Zhurnal

is a scientific journal issued by the

Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Editor-in-chief: V.F. Sagach

The journal was founded in 1955 as
1955 – 1977 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0015 – 3311)
1978 – 1993 "Fiziologicheskii zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
1994 – 2016 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
2017 – "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 2522-9028)

Fiziol. Zh. 2016; 62(4): 3-11

Modulation of 4-aminopyridine-induced neuronal activity and local pO2 in rat hippocampal slices by changing the flow rate of the superfusion medium

V.G. Sydorenko, O.S. Komarov, B.S. Sushko, A.K. Romanov, E.V. Isaeva, D.S. Isaev

    O. O. Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Science, Ukraine, Kyiv


The brain slice preparation is the most frequently used tool for testing of pharmacological agents on the neuronal excitability. However, in the absence of blood circulation in vitro, the tissue oxygenation strongly depends on the experimental conditions. It is well established that both hypoxia as well as hyperoxia can modulate the neuronal network activity. Thereby changes in tissue oxygen level during experiment may affect the final result. In the present study we investigated the effect of oxygenation on seizure susceptibility in the hippocampal slice preparation using 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) model of ictogenesis in immature rats. We found that changing the medium perfusion rate in the range of 1-5 ml/min greatly affects the tissue oxygenation, amplitude and frequency of 4-AP-induced synchronous neuronal activity. The decrease in the flow rate as well as substitution of the oxygen in the extracellular medium with nitrogen causes a strong reduction of 4-AP-induced synchronous neuronal discharges. Our results demonstrate a significant linear correlation between the power of 4-AP-induced neuronal activity and the oxygen level in slice tissue. Also we demonstrated that the presence of medium flow is a necessary condition to support the constant level of the slice oxygenation. These data suggest that the oxygen supply of the brain slice strongly depends on experimental protocol and could modulate in vitro neuronal network excitability which should be taken into consideration when planning epilepsy-related studies.

Keywords: brain slices; synchronous neuronal activity; oxygen; local field potential


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