Accession Number:

ADA409673

Title:

Nerve Growth Factor Dependent Changes in Electrophysiology Measured in a Neurotrophic Electrode

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

ARIZONA STATE UNIV TEMPE

Report Date:

2001-10-25

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

We describe here neurotrophic electrode designed to improve long-term reliability and signal-to-noise in brain-device interface. Our electrode consists of fine microwire inside polyimide tube. The polyimide tube is filled with nerve growth factor NCF incorporated into fibrin matrix. Our goal is to have a neurite grow into the tube. The close apposition between neurite and the recording wire should enhance signal-to-noise. The physical connection between device and tissue should improve reliability. We have implanted complete devices in 4 rats. Each rat gets four-electrode device implanted in the barrel cortex of each hemisphere. Each electrode is filled with different test substance. One control tube contains only saline, and another contains only the fibrin matrix. The other two electrodes in each array re filled with different concentrations of NCF. Once weekly following the implant, each rat is sedated, and electrical activity in each of the electrodes recorded. Electrodes in 5 of the 8 implants exhibited multi-unit spindling activity. A direct comparison of the amplitude of action potentials over time in each of the types of implants shows that the presence of NCF within the polyimide tube leads to an increase in action potential amplitude.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE