Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 403–408 | Cite as

Postsynaptic actions of baclofen associated with its antagonism of bicuculline-induced epileptogenesis in hippocampus

  • Robert J. Brady
  • John W. Swann
Short Communication


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    The effect of baclofen on bicuculline-induced epileptogenesis was investigated in the CA3 region of hippocampal slices taken from rats 9 days to 8 weeks of age.

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    Bath application of baclofen blocked all spontaneous epileptiform activity and raised the stimulus strength required for orthodromic induction of epileptiform discharges.

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    Baclofen was equally effective in antagonizing depolarization shift generation in mature and immature rat slices.

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    The duration of afterdischarges recorded in immature hippocampus was unaltered, yet these events were eliminated when the proceeding depolarization shift was blocked.

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    Baclofen hyperpolarized all CA3 pyramidal cells studied with an associated decrease in membrane resistance. These effects were produced by a direct postsynaptic action.


Key words

baclofen hippocampus epilepsy pyramidal cell postsynaptic effects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Brady
    • 1
  • John W. Swann
    • 1
  1. 1.Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and ResearchNew York State Department of HealthAlbanyUSA

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