[Neuroscience] Re: Avoiding antidromic spike during synaptic stimulation

Richard Vickery via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by Richard.Vickery from unsw.edu.au)
Sun Mar 20 21:54:13 EST 2011

Hi Yamini,

There's usually not a lot of difference between the axon activating parameters, 
so changing electrodes won't separate out your input axons from the ones 
originating from the neuron you are recording from.

I don't know about the geometry of your thalamic slice, but what you want is to 
be on an input pathway and not on an output pathway. You will more likely get 
success hunting around for a better stimulus site than by changing electrodes.


Richard Vickery


On 20/03/2011 2:00 PM, Yamini Venkataraman wrote:
> Hi,
> I record synaptic responses in thalamic neurons in brain slices using whole
> cell patch clamp. The stimulating electrode is a bipolar parallel stimulating
> electrode (separation ~ 1 mm) and this generally works well in evoking
> synaptic responses. Off-late, there has been a huge antidromic spike in every
> cell that is visible just prior to the PSP.  Its not clear why the antodromic
> spike is being generated, even when the stimulating electrode is well
> separated from the recording electrode. Nothing in the set-up has changed
> except for replacing the stimulating electrode with an identical new one.
> Since then, we have tried several new electrodes and even replaced the GRASS
> stimulator to eliminate the antidromic spike but its always present.
> This problem is not there with a bipolar concentric stimulating electrode,
> that generates a short duration stimulus artifact, but unfortunately that
> does not evoke synaptics in most cells even at the highest stimulating
> amplitude.
> It would be very helpful to hear any suggestions for eliminating the
> antidromic spike.\
> Thanks,
> Yamini

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