Feb 21, 1998

Axon conduction and survival in CNS white matter during energy deprivation: a developmental study

Journal of Neurophysiology
R FernB R Ransom


We investigated the postnatal development of axon sensitivity to the withdrawal of oxygen, glucose, or the combined withdrawal of oxygen + glucose in the isolated rat optic nerve (a CNS white matter tract). Removal of either oxygen or glucose for 60 min resulted in irreversible injury in optic nerves from adult rats, assessed by loss of the evoked compound action potential (CAP). Optic nerves at ages <P10 showed no permanent loss of function. CAP sensitivity to the withdrawal of oxygen or glucose emerged during a critical period in development between postnatal days 10-20 (P10-P20). The CAP was unchanged in adult optic nerve for 45 min after the withdrawal of glucose, demonstrating the presence of a significant energy reserve. Periods of glucose withdrawal >45 min caused the selective loss of late CAP components; this was not seen with oxygen deprivation. The amplitude of the early component recovered to 94.8% of control after 60 min of glucose withdrawal, although total CAP area recovered to only 42.3%. Combined oxygen + glucose withdrawal for 60 min produced a greater degree of permanent CAP loss than 60 min of glucose or oxygen withdrawal individually in optic nerves from rats older than P4. Younger than P4 optic nerves show...Continue Reading

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Metabolic Process, Cellular
Entire Optic Nerve
Amino Acids, I.V. solution additive
Energy Metabolism
Action Potentials
Synaptic Transmission
Nerve Conduction Function

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