The Evolution of in Vivo Voltammetry and Microdialysis

  • Joseph B. JusticeJr.
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 53)


In vivo voltammetry and microdialysis are two leading techniques for monitoring neurochemistry in the brain. This paper addresses the state of the art of voltammetry and microdialysis as they have evolved from their respective beginnings. Voltammetry is an old and well established electrochemical method. However, the development and application of in vivo voltammetry and microdialysis for measurement of neurotransmitters began about the same time in the 1970’s. In R. N. Adams laboratory at the University of Kansas, carbon paste electrodes were first put in ventricles of the rat brain and then in the brain itself.1,2 The developments that followed have been reviewed.3 About this same time, Urban Ungerstedt, developed the microdialysis probe, based on the idea of exchange of substances across a blood capillary.4 This was an extension of the earlier push-pull device of Gaddum5 and the dialysis devices of Bito et al.6 and Delgado et al.7 for sampling the extracellular environment of the brain. More than a thousand papers a year are now published using microdialysis.


Vesicular Release Carbon Fiber Electrode Carbon Fiber Microelectrode Transmitter Amino Acid Additional Regulatory Mechanism 
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  • Joseph B. JusticeJr.
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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