Spontaneous 'phasic-firing' in supraoptic neurons recorded from hypothalamo-neurohypophysial explants in vitro

William Armstrong, C. D. Sladek

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Abstract

Single unit, extracellular electrical activity of 97 hypothalamic supraoptic neurons was recorded with micropipettes from rat hypothalamo-neurohypophysial explants maintained acutely in vitro. Spontaneously firing as well as quiescent neurons were encountered in roughly equal numbers. Of the spontaneously active neurons, 36.3% fired in a phasic mode quantitatively similar to that of 'vasopressin-secreting' neurons recorded in vivo under conditions of enhanced hormone release. A small portion (~14%) of the recorded supraoptic neurons had spikes which showed constant latency and high frequency following responses to stimulation of the neural stalk, responses characteristic of antidromically stimulated neurons. The mean latency and the range of latencies to these responses were similar to that recorded in vivo. Hypothalamo-neurohypophysial explants maintained in vitro thus provide a useful tool for investigating the electrical activity of supraoptic neurosecretory cells. Since the explant contains both the supraoptic neurons and their neurohypophysial projection path, this preparation offers an opportunity for characterizing further the relationship between electrical activity and hormone release.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-409
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroendocrinology
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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Spontaneous 'phasic-firing' in supraoptic neurons recorded from hypothalamo-neurohypophysial explants in vitro. / Armstrong, William; Sladek, C. D.

In: Neuroendocrinology, Vol. 34, No. 6, 01.01.1982, p. 405-409.

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