Developing experimental methods for identifying the sites of action of intraspinal microstimulation

  • Author / Creator
    Christian, Breanne
  • Intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS) is a novel electrical stimulation approach to restore standing and ambulation in people with spinal cord injury. The technique entails inserting an array of microwires into the lumbosacral enlargement of the spinal cord to activate neuronal networks that control locomotion. Additionally, ISMS can be utilized to investigate the organization of these networks. In the present study, experimental methodology was developed to map the distribution of ISMS-activated neurons using immunohistochemistry to label c-Fos, an activity-dependent marker. The influence on c-Fos expression of the following conditions was studied: decerebration, laminectomy, microwire implantation, and ISMS. Data revealed that microwire implantation and decerebration minimally influenced c-Fos, while a laminectomy substantially increased c-Fos expression. Furthermore, results indicated that it is vital to monitor stimulation and adjust stimulus amplitude throughout the duration of stimulation. Using these data, a protocol was established that would aid in mapping the ISMS activated neuronal networks.

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    Fall 2011
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Todd, Kathryn (Psychiatry)
    • Campenot, Bob (Cell Biology)
    • Krukoff, Teresa (Cell Biology)