Acute Hippocampal Slice Preparation and Hippocampal Slice Cultures

  • Pamela J. LeinEmail author
  • Christopher D. Barnhart
  • Isaac N. Pessah
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 758)


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.

Key words

Acute hippocampal slice Biolistics Electrophysiology Hippocampal slice culture Microelectrode arrays Morphometry 



This work was supported by the NIH (grants U01 NS 057993 and R01 ES014901).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela J. Lein
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christopher D. Barnhart
  • Isaac N. Pessah
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Center for Children’s Environmental HealthUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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