Comprehensive investigation of metabolic changes occurring in the rat brain hippocampus after fluoxetine administration using two complementary in vivo techniques: Solid phase microextraction and microdialysis

BOYACI E. , Lendor S., Bojko B., Reyes-Garcés N., Gómez-Ríos G. A. , Olkowicz M., ...More

ACS Chemical Neuroscience, vol.11, no.22, pp.3749-3760, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acschemneuro.0c00274
  • Title of Journal : ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • Page Numbers: pp.3749-3760
  • Keywords: Brain metabolomics, in vivo sampling, solid phase microextraction, microdialysis, SSRI, fluoxetine


© 2020 American Chemical Society.Fluoxetine is among the most prescribed antidepressant drugs worldwide. Nevertheless, limited information is known about its definitive mechanism. Although in vivo examinations performed directly in related brain structures can provide more realistic, and therefore more insightful, knowledge regarding the mechanisms and efficacy of this drug, only a few techniques are applicable for in vivo monitoring of metabolic alterations in the brain following an inducement. Among them, solid phase microextraction (SPME) and microdialysis (MD) have emerged as ideal in vivo tools for extraction of information from biosystems. In this investigation, we scrutinized the capabilities of SPME and MD to detect ongoing changes in the brain following acute fluoxetine administration. Sequential in vivo samples were collected simultaneously from male rats' hippocampi using SPME and MD before drug administration in order to establish a baseline; then samples were collected again following fluoxetine administration for an investigation of small molecule alterations. Our results indicate that MD provides more comprehensive information for polar compounds, while SPME provides superior information with respect to lipids and other medium level polar molecules. Interestingly, in the lipidomic investigation, all dysregulated features were found to be membrane lipids and associated compounds. Moreover, in the metabolomic investigations, dysregulation of hippocampal metabolite levels associated with fatty acid transportation and purine metabolisms were among the most notable findings. Overall, our evaluation of the obtained data corroborates that, when used in tandem, SPME and MD are capable of providing comprehensive information regarding the effect of fluoxetine in targeted brain structures and further elucidating this drug's mechanisms of action in the brain.