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Conference Paper: Postnatal NMDA receptor blockade alters the characteristics of canal-related inferior olivary neurons

TitlePostnatal NMDA receptor blockade alters the characteristics of canal-related inferior olivary neurons
Authors
KeywordsVestibular
Fos
Glutamate
Issue Date2009
PublisherSociety for Neuroscience.
Citation
The 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Chicago, IL., 17-21 October 2009. How to Cite?
AbstractGlutamate mediates excitatory neurotransmission from the vestibular afferents to target neurons in the vestibular nucleus (VN). Postnatal changes in the expression pattern of ionotropic glutamate receptor subunits were observed among canal-related VN neurons of Sprague-Dawley rats. With the use of c-fos expression as a marker for postsynaptic activation after sinusoidal rotations in the vertical or horizontal plane, we showed that neurons in the inferior olive (IO) subnuclei, a downstream relay of the vestibulo-olivary pathway, exhibited unique directional responsiveness. To investigate whether perinatal modification of glutamatergic transmission within VN can affect the recognition characteristics of canal-related neurons in the mature brain, NMDA receptors in VN were chronically blocked by implanting MK801-impregnated Elvax over the bilateral VN of neonatal rats. The rats were allowed to recover and the consequential effects on directional tuning features of IO neurons in MK801-treated rats were compared with those in control rats at different time points after implantation. As compared to the control rats, MK801-treated rats showed qualitative changes in the distribution pattern of Fos-labeled IO neurons that were responsive to rotational stimulations. Taken together, our results suggest that the postnatal establishment of glutamatergic transmission in the VN is crucial for functional networking of canal-related IO neurons in the mature animals.
DescriptionPoster - 813 Development: Auditory and Vestibular Systems: abstract no. 813.15/B63
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/126764

 

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dc.contributor.authorNg, KPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLai, CHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, YSen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T12:47:07Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T12:47:07Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Chicago, IL., 17-21 October 2009.en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/126764-
dc.descriptionPoster - 813 Development: Auditory and Vestibular Systems: abstract no. 813.15/B63-
dc.description.abstractGlutamate mediates excitatory neurotransmission from the vestibular afferents to target neurons in the vestibular nucleus (VN). Postnatal changes in the expression pattern of ionotropic glutamate receptor subunits were observed among canal-related VN neurons of Sprague-Dawley rats. With the use of c-fos expression as a marker for postsynaptic activation after sinusoidal rotations in the vertical or horizontal plane, we showed that neurons in the inferior olive (IO) subnuclei, a downstream relay of the vestibulo-olivary pathway, exhibited unique directional responsiveness. To investigate whether perinatal modification of glutamatergic transmission within VN can affect the recognition characteristics of canal-related neurons in the mature brain, NMDA receptors in VN were chronically blocked by implanting MK801-impregnated Elvax over the bilateral VN of neonatal rats. The rats were allowed to recover and the consequential effects on directional tuning features of IO neurons in MK801-treated rats were compared with those in control rats at different time points after implantation. As compared to the control rats, MK801-treated rats showed qualitative changes in the distribution pattern of Fos-labeled IO neurons that were responsive to rotational stimulations. Taken together, our results suggest that the postnatal establishment of glutamatergic transmission in the VN is crucial for functional networking of canal-related IO neurons in the mature animals.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSociety for Neuroscience.-
dc.relation.ispartofNeuroscience 2009-
dc.rightsNeuroscience 2009. Copyright © Society for Neuroscience.-
dc.subjectVestibular-
dc.subjectFos-
dc.subjectGlutamate-
dc.titlePostnatal NMDA receptor blockade alters the characteristics of canal-related inferior olivary neuronsen_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, KP: kapakng@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLai, CH: chlaib@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, YS: yschan@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLai, CH=rp00396en_HK
dc.identifier.authorityChan, YS=rp00318en_HK
dc.description.naturelink_to_OA_fulltext-
dc.identifier.hkuros174316en_HK
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-
dc.description.otherThe 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Chicago, IL., 17-21 October 2009.-

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