Volume 17, Issue 2 (4-2013)                   ibj 2013, 17(2): 101-106 | Back to browse issues page

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Bahrami F, Janahmadi M. Antibiotic Supplements Affect Electrophysiological Properties and Excitability of Rat Hippocampal Pyramidal Neurons in Primary Culture. ibj. 2013; 17 (2) :101-106
URL: http://ibj.pasteur.ac.ir/article-1-903-en.html
Introduction: Antibiotic supplements are regularly used in neuronal culture media to control contamination however, they can interfere with the neuronal excitability and affect electrophysiological properties. Therefore, in this study, the effect of penicillin/streptomycin supplements on the spontaneous electrophysiological activity of hippocampal pyramidal neurons was examined. Methods: Electrophysiological whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from rat hippocampal pyramidal cells in primary culture were performed to investigate the effects of antibiotic supplements on the intrinsic excitability of cultured cells. Results: The present findings indicated that presence of antibiotic supplements (penicillin/streptomycin) in the culture medium altered the intrinsic electrical activity of hippocampal pyramidal neurons in primary culture. These alterations included: 1) depolarized resting membrane potential 2) a significant enhancement in the after-hyperpolarization amplitude 3) a significant increase in the area under the action potential and in the decay and rise time of the action potential 4) a significant broadening of action potential and 5) a significant reduction in the firing frequency. Conclusion: These findings suggest that addition of antibiotic supplements to culture media influences the neuronal excitability and alters the electrophysiological properties of cultured neurons, possibly through changing the ionic conductance underlying neuronal excitability.
Type of Study: Full Length | Subject: Related Fields

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