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Abstract #1117

Functional connectivity under six anesthesia protocols and the awake condition in rat brain

Jaakko Paasonen1, Petteri Stenroos1, Raimo A Salo1, Vesa Kiviniemi2, and Olli Gröhn1

1A.I.V. Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, 2Department of Radiology, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland

Most preclinical resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging studies are performed in anesthetized animals, but the confounding effects of anesthesia on the measured functional connectivity (FC) are poorly understood. Therefore, we measured FC under six anesthesia protocols and compared the findings with data obtained from awake rats. Connectivity patterns obtained under propofol and urethane anesthesia were most similar to that observed in awake rats. FC patterns in the α-chloralose and isoflurane-medetomidine combination groups had moderate to good correspondence with that in the awake group. The FC patterns in the isoflurane and medetomidine groups differed most from that in the awake rats.

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