Feeding cycle alters the biophysics and molecular expression of voltage-gated Na+ currents in rat hippocampal CA1 neurones

Eur J Neurosci. 2019 Jun;49(11):1418-1435. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14331. Epub 2019 Jan 27.


The function of hippocampus as a hub for energy balance is a subject of broad and current interest. This study aims at providing more evidence on this regard by addressing the effects of feeding cycle on the voltage-gated sodium (Na+ ) currents of acutely isolated Wistar rat hippocampal CA1 neurones. Specifically, by applying patch clamp techniques (whole cell voltage clamp and single channel in inside-out patches) we assessed the influence of feeding and fasting conditions on the intrinsic biophysical properties of Na+ currents. Additionally, mass spectrometry and western blotting experiments were used to address the effect of feeding cycle over the Na+ channel population of the rat hippocampus. Na+ currents were recorded in neurones obtained from fed and fasted animals (here termed "fed neurones" and "fasted neurones", respectively). Whole cell Na+ currents of fed neurones, as compared to fasted neurones, showed increased mean maximum current density and a higher "window current" amplitude. We demonstrate that these results are supported by an increased single channel Na+ conductance in fed neurones and, also, by a greater Nav1.2 channel density in plasma membrane-enriched fractions of fed samples (but not in whole hippocampus preparations). These results imply fast variations on the biophysics and molecular expression of Na+ currents of rat hippocampal CA1 neurones, throughout the feeding cycle. Thus, one may expect a differentiated regulation of the intrinsic neuronal excitability, which may account for the role of the hippocampus as a processor of satiety information.

Keywords: CA1 neurones; feeding cycle; ion channels; rat hippocampus; voltage-gated sodium currents.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CA1 Region, Hippocampal / metabolism*
  • Eating / physiology*
  • Fasting / physiology*
  • Female
  • Neurons / metabolism*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Sodium Channels / metabolism*


  • Sodium Channels