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Epilepsia. 2002;43 Suppl 5:54-60.

Dynamic changes of status epilepticus-induced neuronal degeneration in the mediodorsal nucleus of the thalamus during postnatal development of the rat.

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Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Videnská 1083, Prague 4, CZ-142 20, Czech Republic. kubova@biomed.cas.cz

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Status epilepticus (SE) was previously found to induce damage in the mediodorsal nucleus of the thalamus (MD) in both adult and immature rats. This study was designed to describe age-related changes of SE-induced neuronal degeneration in this part of the brain.

METHODS:

SE was induced by LiCl/pilocarpine in five age groups of rats (P12-P25). Distribution of degenerating neurons was studied at various time intervals from 4 h up to 1 week using Fluoro Jade B (FJB) staining. For P12 and P25 rats, an interval of 3 months was added.

RESULTS:

Damaged neurons were found in all age groups during a 1-week period after SE. Patterns of neuronal degeneration, however, changed in an age-related manner. In animals at P12 and P15, FJB-labeled neurons were located in the central and lateral segment of the MD. In the P18 group, degenerating neurons occurred in all three segments of the MD, with a prevalence in central and lateral subdivisions. In contrast, in P21 and P25 rats, FJB-labeled neurons were predominantly located in the central and medial segments. Degenerating neurons were still present 3 months after SE in the medial segment in P25 animals, whereas no labeled neurons were detected in the P12 group at this time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our data demonstrate that the pattern of neuronal degeneration in MD is mainly related to age at SE onset. In addition to damage occurring during the acute phase of SE, a population of degenerating neurons was detected in P25 animals during the chronic period 3 months after SE.

PMID:
12121296
DOI:
10.1046/j.1528-1157.43.s.5.36.x
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