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1. The excitability of CA3 pyramidal neurons was assessed with intracellular recordings in hippocampal slices from behaviorally naive rabbits. CA3 pyramidal neurons had large (-13.1 +/- 0.3 mV; mean +/- SE) postburst afterhyperpolarization (AHPs) and exhibited robust spike-frequency adaptation (accommodation) to prolonged (800-ms) depolarizing current(More)
Time-dependent, learning-related changes in hippocampal excitability were evaluated by recording from rabbit CA1 pyramidal neurons in slices prepared at various times after acquisition of trace eyeblink conditioning. Increased excitability (reduced postburst afterhyperpolarizations and reduced spike-frequency adaptation) was seen as early as 1 hr after(More)
1. Cellular properties were studied before and after bath application of the dihydropyridine L-type calcium channel antagonist nimodipine in aging and young rabbit hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cells in vitro. Various concentrations of nimodipine, ranging from 10 nM to 10 microM, were tested to investigate age- and concentration-dependent effects on cellular(More)
Rabbits 2 to 41 months of age were conditioned in the 500 ms trace eyeblink paradigm to cross-sectionally define the age of onset and the severity of age-associated impairments in acquisition of this relatively difficult hippocampally dependent task. Using a strict behavioral criterion of 80% conditioned responses (CRs), age-associated learning impairments(More)
The role of the hippocampus (HPC) in trace eye-blink conditioning was evaluated using a 100-ms tone conditioned stimulus (CS), a 300- or 500-ms trace interval, and a 150-ms air puff unconditioned stimulus (UCS). Rabbits received complete hippocampectomy (dorsal & ventral), sham lesions, or neocortical lesions. Hippocampectomy produced differential effects(More)
Cellular properties of CA1 neurons were studied in hippocampal slices 24 hr after acquisition of trace eyeblink conditioning in young adult and aging rabbits. Aging rabbits required significantly more trials than young rabbits to reach a behavioral criterion of 60% conditioned responses in an 80 trial session. Intracellular recordings revealed that CA1(More)
Hippocampally-dependent trace eyeblink conditioning has been shown to be affected by aging. Aging animals take more trials to acquire the association and are more likely to be unable to learn the task. Hippocampal neurons show decreased post-burst afterhyperpolarizations (AHPs) and less accomodation after conditioning, in a time-dependent fashion which may(More)
Intracellular recordings were made from rabbit hippocampal CA1 neurons in vitro using slices from aging and young adult rabbits. Calcium action potentials were studied in the presence of 4 microns tetrodotoxin using electrodes filled with 2M CsCl. Increasing concentrations of the dihydropyridine L-type calcium channel antagonist nimodipine were tested on(More)
Golgi-impregnated neurons from rat perirhinal cortex (PR) were classified into one of 15 distinct morphological categories (N = 6,891). The frequency of neurons in each cell class was determined as a function of the layer of PR and the age of the animal, which ranged from postnatal day 0 (P0) to young adulthood (P45). The developmental appearance of(More)
This manuscript describes methods for preparing, visualizing, and recording from healthy perirhinal cortex neurons in brain slices from young and aging rats. We focused on perirhinal cortex because of its role in learning, memory, and aging-related cognitive decline. Detailed accounts of our dissection procedures are reported. Procedures that reliably(More)