I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

Papers: 26 Feb 2022 - 4 Mar 2022


Animal Studies

2022 Feb 09

J Vis Exp


Recording Network Activity in Spinal Nociceptive Circuits using Microelectrode Arrays.


Iredale JA, Stoddard JG, Drury HR, Browne TJ, Elton A, Madden JF, Callister RJ, Welsh JS, Graham BA
J Vis Exp. 2022 Feb 09(180).
PMID: 35225253.


The roles and connectivity of specific types of neurons within the spinal cord dorsal horn (DH) are being delineated at a rapid rate to provide an increasingly detailed view of the circuits underpinning spinal pain processing. However, the effects of these connections for broader network activity in the DH remain less well understood because most studies focus on the activity of single neurons and small microcircuits. Alternatively, the use of microelectrode arrays (MEAs), which can monitor electrical activity across many cells, provides high spatial and temporal resolution of neural activity. Here, the use of MEAs with mouse spinal cord slices to study DH activity induced by chemically stimulating DH circuits with 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) is described. The resulting rhythmic activity is restricted to the superficial DH, stable over time, blocked by tetrodotoxin, and can be investigated in different slice orientations. Together, this preparation provides a platform to investigate DH circuit activity in tissue from naïve animals, animal models of chronic pain, and mice with genetically altered nociceptive function. Furthermore, MEA recordings in 4-AP-stimulated spinal cord slices can be used as a rapid screening tool to assess the capacity of novel antinociceptive compounds to disrupt activity in the spinal cord DH.