Fast serotonin voltammetry as a versatile tool for mapping dynamic tissue architecture: I. Responses at carbon fibers describe local tissue physiology.


Journal Article

It is important to monitor serotonin neurochemistry in the context of brain disorders. Specifically, a better understanding of biophysical alterations and associated biochemical functionality within subregions of the brain will enable better of understanding of diseases such as depression. Fast voltammetric tools at carbon fiber microelectrodes provide an opportunity to make direct evoked and ambient serotonin measurements in vivo in mice. In this study, we characterize novel stimulation and measurement circuitries for serotonin analyses in brain regions relevant to psychiatric disease. Evoked and ambient serotonin in these brain areas, the CA2 region of the hippocampus and the medial prefrontal cortex, are compared to ambient and evoked serotonin in the substantia nigra pars reticulata, an area well established previously for serotonin measurements with fast voltammetry. Stimulation of a common axonal location evoked serotonin in all three brain regions. Differences are observed in the serotonin release and reuptake profiles between these three brain areas which we hypothesize to arise from tissue physiology heterogeneity around the carbon fiber microelectrodes. We validate this hypothesis mathematically and via confocal imaging. We thereby show that fast voltammetric methods can provide accurate information about local physiology and highlight implications for chemical mapping. OPEN SCIENCE BADGES: This article has received a badge for *Open Materials* because it provided all relevant information to reproduce the study in the manuscript. The complete Open Science Disclosure form for this article can be found at the end of the article. More information about the Open Practices badges can be found at

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Abdalla, A; West, A; Jin, Y; Saylor, RA; Qiang, B; Peña, E; Linden, DJ; Nijhout, HF; Reed, MC; Best, J; Hashemi, P

Published Date

  • August 16, 2019

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 31419307

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31419307

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-4159

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3042

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jnc.14854


  • eng