Calcium dependence of damage to mouse motor nerve terminals following oxygen/glucose deprivation

Experimental Neurology
Janet D TalbotJohn N Barrett


Motor nerve terminals are especially sensitive to an ischemia/reperfusion stress. We applied an in vitro model of this stress, oxygen/glucose deprivation (OGD), to mouse neuromuscular preparations to investigate how Ca(2+) contributes to stress-induced motor terminal damage. Measurements using an ionophoretically-injected fluorescent [Ca(2+)] indicator demonstrated an increase in intra-terminal [Ca(2+)] following OGD onset. When OGD was terminated within 20-30min of the increase in resting [Ca(2+)], these changes were sometimes reversible; in other cases [Ca(2+)] remained high and the terminal degenerated. Endplate innervation was assessed morphometrically following 22min OGD and 120min reoxygenation (32.5°C). Stress-induced motor terminal degeneration was Ca(2+)-dependent. Median post-stress endplate occupancy was only 26% when the bath contained the normal 1.8mM Ca(2+), but increased to 81% when Ca(2+) was absent. Removal of Ca(2+) only during OGD was more protective than removal of Ca(2+) only during reoxygenation. Post-stress endplate occupancy was partially preserved by pharmacological inhibition of various routes of Ca(2+) entry into motor terminals, including voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (ω-agatoxin-IVA, nimodipine)...Continue Reading


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