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Activation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) subtype of glutamate receptors is implicated in the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury. Here, the effects of mechanical injury on the voltage-dependent magnesium (Mg2+) block of NMDA currents in cultured rat cortical neurons were examined. Stretch-induced injury was found to reduce the Mg2+ blockade,(More)
Calcium influx and elevation of intracellular free calcium ([Ca2+]i), with subsequent activation of degradative enzymes, is hypothesized to cause cell injury and death after traumatic brain injury. We examined the effects of mild-to-severe stretch-induced traumatic injury on [Ca2+]i dynamics in cortical neurons cultured on silastic membranes. [Ca2+]i was(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop a simple, reproducible model for examining the morphologic, physiologic, and biochemical consequences of stretch-induced injury on tissue-cultured cells of brain origin. Rat cortical astrocytes from 1- to 2-day-old rats were cultured to confluency in commercially available 25-mm-diameter tissue culture wells with a(More)
Overactivation of ionotropic glutamate receptors has been implicated in the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury. Using an in vitro cell injury model, we examined the effects of stretch-induced traumatic injury on the AMPA subtype of ionotropic glutamate receptors in cultured neonatal cortical neurons. Recordings made using the whole-cell patch-clamp(More)
Numerous studies have implicated glutamate receptors, glutamate neurotoxicity, and hyperexcitation in the pathobiology of traumatic brain injury, yet much less is known about the effects of neurotrauma on inhibitory GABA channels of the brain. Using an in vitro cell injury model, we tested whether mild stretch injury altered the GABA(A) currents of cultured(More)
Anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid ligand, binds to CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain and mimics the neurobehavioural actions of marijuana. Cannabinoids and anandamide also elicit hypotension mediated by peripheral CB1 receptors. Here we report that a selective CB1 receptor antagonist, SR141716A, elicits an increase in blood pressure in rats(More)
Using an in vitro traumatic injury model, we examined the effects of mechanical (stretch) injury on intracellular Ca2+ store-mediated signaling in cultured cortical neurons using fura-2. We previously found that elevation of [Ca2+](i) by the endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase inhibitor, thapsigargin, was abolished 15 min post-injury. In the current studies,(More)
We previously characterized the electrophysiological response of cortical neurons to a brief sublethal stretch-injury using an in vitro model of traumatic brain injury. This model revealed that cortical neurons undergo a stretch-induced delayed depolarization (SIDD) of their resting membrane potential (RMP) which is approximately 10 mV in magnitude. SIDD is(More)
1. An in vitro cellular model of injury was used to elucidate mechanisms contributing to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Neonatal rat cortical neurons cultured on a flexible silastic membrane were stretched rapidly and reversibly by a 50-ms pulse of pressurized air. 2. Sublethal cell stretch depolarized neuronal resting membrane potential by approximately 10(More)
S100B protein is found in brain, has been used as a marker for brain injury and is neurotrophic. Using a well-characterized in vitro model of brain cell trauma, we have previously shown that strain injury causes S100B release from neonatal rat neuronal plus glial cultures and that exogenous S100B reduces delayed post-traumatic neuronal damage even when(More)