Sprague-Dawley Rats Differ in Responses to Medial Perforant Path Paired Pulse and Tetanic Activation as a Function of Sex and Age

Walling, Susan G. and Harley, Carolyn W. and Martin, Gerard M. and Dutton, Olivia D. E. and Burke, Alexander T. and Chirinos, Ella A. (2023) Sprague-Dawley Rats Differ in Responses to Medial Perforant Path Paired Pulse and Tetanic Activation as a Function of Sex and Age. eNeuro, 10 (7). ISSN 2373-2822

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Network plasticity in the medial perforant path (MPP) of adult (five to nine months) and aged (18–20 months) urethane-anesthetized male and female Sprague Dawley rats was characterized. Paired pulses probed recurrent networks before and after a moderate tetanic protocol. Adult females exhibited greater EPSP-spike coupling suggesting greater intrinsic excitability than adult males. Aged rats did not differ in EPSP-spike coupling but aged females had larger spikes at high currents than males. Paired pulses suggested lower GABA-B inhibition in females. Absolute population spike (PS) measures were larger post-tetani in female rats than male rats. Relative population spike increases were greatest in adult males relative to females and to aged males. EPSP slope potentiation was detected with normalization in some post-tetanic intervals for all groups except aged males. Tetani shortened spike latency across groups. Tetani-associated NMDA-mediated burst depolarizations were larger for the first two trains in each tetanus in adult males than other groups. EPSP slopes over 30 min post-tetani predicted spike size in female rats but not in males. Replicating newer evidence MPP plasticity in adult males was mediated by increased intrinsic excitability. Female MPP plasticity was related to synaptic drive increases, not excitability increases. Aged male rats were deficient in MPP plasticity.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/16062
Item ID: 16062
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author's Fund
Keywords: age-dependent, entorhinal cortex, granule cell, long-term potentiation, sex differences, short-term plasticity
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 26 June 2023
Date Type: Publication
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0431-22.2023
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