Acute hippocampal slice preparation and hippocampal slice cultures

Pamela J Lein, Christopher D. Barnhart, Isaac N Pessah

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A major advantage of hippocampal slice preparations is that the cytoarchitecture and synaptic circuits of the hippocampus are largely retained. In neurotoxicology research, organotypic hippocampal slices have mostly been used as acute ex vivo preparations for investigating the effects of neurotoxic chemicals on synaptic function. More recently, hippocampal slice cultures, which can be maintained for several weeks to several months in vitro, have been employed to study how neurotoxic chemicals influence the structural and functional plasticity in hippocampal neurons. This chapter provides protocols for preparing hippocampal slices to be used acutely for electrophysiological measurements using glass microelectrodes or microelectrode arrays or to be cultured for morphometric assessments of individual neurons labeled using biolistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)10643745


  • Acute hippocampal slice
  • Biolistics
  • Electrophysiology
  • Hippocampal slice culture
  • Microelectrode arrays
  • Morphometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Medicine(all)


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