Acta Physiologica 2010; Volume 199, Supplement 678
Belgian Society for Fundamental and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology, Spring Meeting 2010
FacultÚs Universitaires de la Paix, Namur, Belgium
INTRASTRAIN DIFFERENCES IN SEIZURE SUSCEPTIBILITY, PHARMACOLOGICAL RESPONSE AND BASAL NEUROCHEMISTRY OF WISTAR RATS
Abstract number: O-04
Portelli1 J., Aourz1 N., De Bundel1 D., Meurs1 A., Smolders1 I., Michotte1 Y., Clinckers1 R.
Reliable well-characterised animal models of seizures are necessary in order to better understand the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms as well as to screen potential anticonvulsant drugs. We currently use the focal pilocarpine model as an acute limbic seizure model. Due to breeding problems at the vendor, and apparent changes in pilocarpine-induced seizure susceptibility, we were forced to change breeding locations and vendors over a period of 2 years. Male Wistar rats were either purchased from 2 breeding locations of Charles River Laboratories (France and Germany), or obtained from Harlan Laboratories (The Netherlands). In the present retrospective study we evaluated the impact of these vendor changes on ketamine dosing to establish anaesthesia, on pilocarpine-induced seizure susceptibility, and on basal extracellular hippocampal noradrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, g-amino butyric acid, and glutamate levels of all pilocarpine-treated rats included in our studies. Significant differences were present in all of the parameters analysed. This study clearly illustrates that intrastrain differences do exist from one vendor/breeding location to another, or even between rats from the same breeding location.
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Acta Physiologica 2010; Volume 199, Supplement 678 :O-04