Rapid changes in 2-deoxyglucose uptake and amino acid incorporation following unilateral odor deprivation: a laminar analysis

Donna L. Korol, Peter C. Brunjes

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Unilateral naris occlusion in neonatal rats results in large alterations in the olfactory bulb, including substantial changes in laminar volume and enhanced cell death. These gross changes are undoubtedly the result of a cascade of more basic cellular regulatory events. The present study assesses the possibility of rapid post-deprivation changes in two such processes: glucose metabolism and protein synthesis. On the day after the day of birth rat pups underwent unilateral naris occlusion or sham surgery. In one study, either 1, 12, 24 or 48 h following surgery [3H]2-deoxyglucose ([3H]2-DG) was administered to gauge patterns of glucose uptake. In a second study, [3H]leucine was injected to assess patterns of protein synthesis. Autoradiographs were then subjected to quantitative analyses. As early as 1 h following occlusion reduced 2-DG uptake was observed in many bulb regions. By 24 h, leucine incorporation was also uniformly diminished. While 2-DG uptake remained suppressed 48 h after deprivation, levels of amino acid incorporation returned to normal patterns in most laminae, with the exception of the mitral cell layer, where increased uptake was encountered. To evaluate whether the effects were developmental by nature a group of P40-P45 animals treated similarly were also examined. While 24 h of deprivation impaired 2-DG uptake in older animals, no alterations in amino acid incorporation were observed. The results indicate that early odor deprivation has rapid and specific effects on cellular functioning within the developing olfactory bulb.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental Brain Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Afferent activity
  • Development
  • Glucose metabolism
  • Olfactory bulb
  • Plasticity
  • Protein synthesis
  • Sensory deprivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology


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