Blanca Lizarbe1, Ania Benitez1, Pilar Lopez-Larrubia1, Sebastian Cerdan1
Biomedicas "Alberto Sols",
We investigate the functional mechanisms underlying hypothalamic activation by fasting using Diffusion Weighted MR Imaging. We used eight C57 mice, acquiring DWI from axial sections of the brain containing the hypothalamus, in three orthogonal directions, with increasing diffusion weightings (10≤b≤90 and 200≤b≤1200), from the same fed or fasted mouse. The data set was fitted to biexponential model yielding parameter values for the relative contributions of the fast (FDP, Dfast) and slow (SDP, Dslow) diffusion phases. Fasting induced, among other effects, a directional dependent increase in the relative contribution of SDP, compatible with neurocellular swelling during activation.