Sexual dependency of rat sciatic nerve fiber conduction velocity distributions

Ayaz M., Kiziltan E., TUNCER S., Dalkilic N., Demirel I., Bariskaner H., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, vol.117, no.11, pp.1537-1549, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 117 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00207450701239244
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1537-1549
  • Keywords: compound action potential, conduction velocity distribution, gender, rat, sciatic nerve, AFFERENT-FIBERS, VOLUME
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: No


Gender differences, either with the structural or through with hormones, dictate how the corresponding organ or organ system responses to physiological signals. Current study aims to investigate gender dependent differences in conduction related parameters of rat sciatic nerve. Compound action potentials ( CAP) were recorded via suction electrode whereas the conduction velocity distributions (CVD) were performed using the method known as collision technique in the literature. Studied CAP parameters, namely conduction velocities ( CV), area of the CAPs and time required to reach the maximum depolarization (TP) have been found significantly different for female and male rats. Detailed analyses have shown that sex dependent differences were more remarkable in the right leg responses of female and male rats. Additionally, CVDs indicate that the number of fibers having CVs between 5-30 m/s is much more in male right sciatic nerve trunk when compared to age matched female rats. The present study, for the first time clearly shows that shift in the contribution of nerve fibers to lower CVs is the main causal of the sex dependent differences seen in rat sciatic nerve fibers.