Long-term effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation on hippocampal reactivity to afferent stimulation

Yechiel Levkovitz, Julia Marx, Nimrod Grisaru, Menahem Segal

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    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has become a promising treatment of affective disorders in humans, yet the neuronal basis of its long-lasting effects in the brain is still unknown. We studied acute and lasting effects of TMS on reactivity of the rat hippocampus to stimulation of the perforant path. Application of TMS to the brain of the anesthetized rat caused a dose- dependent transient increase in population spike (PS) response of the dentate gyrus to perforant path stimulation. In addition, TMS caused a marked decrease in inhibition and an increase in paired-pulse potentiation of reactivity to stimulation of the perforant path. Also, TMS suppressed the ability of fenfluramine (FFA), a serotonin releaser, to potentiate PS response to perforant path stimulation. Chronic TMS did not affect single population spikes but caused an increase in paired-pulse potentiation, which was still evident 3 weeks after the last of seven daily TMS treatments. After chronic TMS, FFA was ineffective in enhancing reactivity to perforant path stimulation, probably because it lost the ability to release serotonin. In addition, the β adrenergic receptor agonist isoproterenol, which caused an increase in PS in the control rats, failed to do so in the TMS-treated rats. These results indicate that TMS produces a long-term reduction in efficacy of central modulatory systems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3198-3203
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Neuroscience
    Issue number8
    StatePublished - 15 Apr 1999


    • Hippocampus
    • Norepinephrine
    • Perforant path
    • Rat
    • Serotonin
    • TMS

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Neuroscience (all)


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