A Chip Off the Old Block: The Brain Slice as a Model for Metabolic Studies of Brain Compartmentation and Neuropharmacology

  • Caroline RaeEmail author
  • Vladimir J. Balcar
Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 90)


The cortical brain tissue slice is a reductionist model system of the brain, representing interacting, living cells which operate very similarly to intact brain tissue. Metabolic rates are only slightly slower than in heavily anaesthetised brain, and complications introduced by the blood–brain barrier and peripheral metabolism are removed. In this work, we describe how to make and maintain brain tissue slices in biochemical studies, how to use the technique to conduct neurochemical experiments and how to extract metabolic data using NMR spectroscopy. Finally, we describe the use of metabolomics multivariate statistical approaches for obtaining data-driven outcomes in neuropharmacological research.

Key words

Cortical brain tissue slices NMR spectroscopy Metabolomics multivariate statistical approaches Neuropharmacology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neuroscience Research AustraliaRandwickAustralia
  2. 2.The University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Discipline of Anatomy and Bosch Institute, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney Medical SchoolThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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