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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436982/delay-activity-of-specific-prefrontal-interneuron-subtypes-modulates-memory-guided-behavior
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Tsukasa Kamigaki, Yang Dan
Memory-guided behavior requires maintenance of task-relevant information without sensory input, but the underlying circuit mechanism remains unclear. Calcium imaging in mice performing a delayed Go or No-Go task revealed robust delay activity in dorsomedial prefrontal cortex, with different pyramidal neurons signaling Go and No-Go action plans. Inhibiting pyramidal neurons by optogenetically activating somatostatin- or parvalbumin-positive interneurons, even transiently during the delay, impaired task performance, primarily by increasing inappropriate Go responses...
April 24, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436980/amygdala-inputs-to-prefrontal-cortex-guide-behavior-amid-conflicting-cues-of-reward-and-punishment
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Anthony Burgos-Robles, Eyal Y Kimchi, Ehsan M Izadmehr, Mary Jane Porzenheim, William A Ramos-Guasp, Edward H Nieh, Ada C Felix-Ortiz, Praneeth Namburi, Christopher A Leppla, Kara N Presbrey, Kavitha K Anandalingam, Pablo A Pagan-Rivera, Melodi Anahtar, Anna Beyeler, Kay M Tye
Orchestrating appropriate behavioral responses in the face of competing signals that predict either rewards or threats in the environment is crucial for survival. The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) and prelimbic (PL) medial prefrontal cortex have been implicated in reward-seeking and fear-related responses, but how information flows between these reciprocally connected structures to coordinate behavior is unknown. We recorded neuronal activity from the BLA and PL while rats performed a task wherein competing shock- and sucrose-predictive cues were simultaneously presented...
April 24, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434800/medial-entorhinal-cortex-selectively-supports-temporal-coding-by-hippocampal-neurons
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Nick T M Robinson, James B Priestley, Jon W Rueckemann, Aaron D Garcia, Vittoria A Smeglin, Francesca A Marino, Howard Eichenbaum
Recent studies have shown that hippocampal "time cells" code for sequential moments in temporally organized experiences. However, it is currently unknown whether these temporal firing patterns critically rely on upstream cortical input. Here we employ an optogenetic approach to explore the effect of large-scale inactivation of the medial entorhinal cortex on temporal, as well as spatial and object, coding by hippocampal CA1 neurons. Medial entorhinal inactivation produced a specific deficit in temporal coding in CA1 and resulted in significant impairment in memory across a temporal delay...
April 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416119/the-head-direction-signal-plays-a-functional-role-as-a-neural-compass-during-navigation
#4
William N Butler, Kyle S Smith, Matthijs A A van der Meer, Jeffrey S Taube
The rat limbic system contains head direction (HD) cells that fire according to heading in the horizontal plane, and these cells are thought to provide animals with an internal compass. Previous work has found that HD cell tuning correlates with behavior on navigational tasks, but a direct, causal link between HD cells and navigation has not been demonstrated. Here, we show that pathway-specific optogenetic inhibition of the nucleus prepositus caused HD cells to become directionally unstable under dark conditions without affecting the animals' locomotion...
April 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408414/posterior-parietal-cortex-guides-visual-decisions-in-rats
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Angela M Licata, Matthew T Kaufman, David Raposo, Michael B Ryan, John P Sheppard, Anne K Churchland
Neurons in putative decision-making structures can reflect both sensory and decision signals, making their causal role in decisions unclear. Here, we tested whether rat posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is causal for processing visual sensory signals or instead for accumulating evidence for decision alternatives. We optogenetically disrupted PPC activity during decision-making and compared effects on decisions guided by auditory vs. visual evidence. Deficits were largely restricted to visual decisions. To further test for visual dominance in PPC, we evaluated electrophysiological responses following individual sensory events and observed much larger response modulation following visual stimuli than auditory stimuli...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401598/dcf1-improves-behavior-deficit-in-drosophila-and-mice-caused-by-optogenetic-suppression
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Qiang Liu, Linhua Gan, Jian Ni, Yu Chen, Yanlu Chen, Zhili Huang, Xu Huang, Tieqiao Wen
Optogenetics play a significant role in neuroscientific research by providing a tool for understanding neural circuits and brain functions. Natronomonas pharaonis halorhodopsin (NpHR) actively pumps chloride ions into the cells and hyperpolarizes neuronal membranes in response to yellow light. In this study, we generated transgenic Drosophila expressing NpHR under the control of the Gal4/UAS system and virus-infected mice expressing NpHR to explore the effect of dendritic cell factor 1 (Dcf1) on the behavior mediated by the mushroom body in Drosophila and the dentate gyrus (DG) in mice...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384151/local-neuropeptide-signaling-modulates-serotonergic-transmission-to-shape-the-temporal-organization-of-c-elegans-egg-laying-behavior
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Navonil Banerjee, Raja Bhattacharya, Michael Gorczyca, Kevin M Collins, Michael M Francis
Animal behaviors are often composed of distinct alternating behavioral states. Neuromodulatory signals are thought to be critical for establishing stable behavioral states and for orchestrating transitions between them. However, we have only a limited understanding of how neuromodulatory systems act in vivo to alter circuit performance and shape behavior. To address these questions, we have investigated neuromodulatory signaling in the context of Caenorhabditis elegans egg-laying. Egg-laying activity cycles between discrete states-short bursts of egg deposition (active phases) that alternate with prolonged quiescent periods (inactive phases)...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379350/primary-auditory-cortex-is-required-for-anticipatory-motor-response
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Jingcheng Li, Xiang Liao, Jianxiong Zhang, Meng Wang, Nian Yang, Jun Zhang, Guanghui Lv, Haohong Li, Jian Lu, Ran Ding, Xingyi Li, Yu Guang, Zhiqi Yang, Han Qin, Wenjun Jin, Kuan Zhang, Chao He, Hongbo Jia, Shaoqun Zeng, Zhian Hu, Israel Nelken, Xiaowei Chen
The ability of the brain to predict future events based on the pattern of recent sensory experience is critical for guiding animal's behavior. Neocortical circuits for ongoing processing of sensory stimuli are extensively studied, but their contributions to the anticipation of upcoming sensory stimuli remain less understood. We, therefore, used in vivo cellular imaging and fiber photometry to record mouse primary auditory cortex to elucidate its role in processing anticipated stimulation. We found neuronal ensembles in layers 2/3, 4, and 5 which were activated in relationship to anticipated sound events following rhythmic stimulation...
April 4, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377698/striatal-cholinergic-interneurons-modulate-spike-timing-in-striosomes-and-matrix-by-an-amphetamine-sensitive-mechanism
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Jill R Crittenden, Carolyn J Lacey, Feng-Ju Weng, Catherine E Garrison, Daniel J Gibson, Yingxi Lin, Ann M Graybiel
The striatum is key for action-selection and the motivation to move. Dopamine and acetylcholine release sites are enriched in the striatum and are cross-regulated, possibly to achieve optimal behavior. Drugs of abuse, which promote abnormally high dopamine release, disrupt normal action-selection and drive restricted, repetitive behaviors (stereotypies). Stereotypies occur in a variety of disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, schizophrenia and Huntington's disease, as well as in addictive states...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374006/optogenetic-activation-of-accessory-olfactory-bulb-input-to-the-forebrain-differentially-modulates-investigation-of-opposite-versus-same-sex-urinary-chemosignals-and-stimulates-mating-in-male-mice
#10
Tenzin Kunkhyen, Elizabeth A McCarthy, Wayne J Korzan, Danielle Doctor, Xue Han, Michael J Baum, James A Cherry
Surgical or genetic disruption of vomeronasal organ (VNO)-accessory olfactory bulb (AOB) function previously eliminated the ability of male mice to processes pheromones that elicit territorial behavior and aggression. By contrast, neither disruption significantly affected mating behaviors, although VNO lesions reduced males' investigation of nonvolatile female pheromones. We explored the contribution of VNO-AOB pheromonal processing to male courtship using optogenetic activation of AOB projections to the forebrain...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374004/intrinsic-circuits-in-the-lateral-central-amygdala
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Sarah Hunt, Yajie Sun, Hakan Kucukdereli, Rüdiger Klein, Pankaj Sah
Network activity in the lateral central amygdala (CeL) plays a crucial role in fear learning and emotional processing. However, the local circuits of the CeL are not fully understood and have only recently begun to be explored in detail. Here, we characterized the intrinsic circuits in the CeL using paired whole-call patch-clamp recordings, immunohistochemistry, and optogenetics in C57BL/6J wild-type and somatostatin-cre (SOM-Cre) mice. Our results revealed that throughout the rostrocaudal extent of the CeL, neurons form inhibitory connections at a rate of ∼29% with an average amplitude of 20 ± 3 pA (at -40 mV)...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373496/in-vivo-patch-clamp-recording-in-awake-head-fixed-rodents
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Doyun Lee, Albert K Lee
Whole-cell recording has been used to measure and manipulate a neuron's spiking and subthreshold membrane potential, allowing assessment of the cell's inputs and outputs as well as its intrinsic membrane properties. This technique has also been combined with pharmacology and optogenetics as well as morphological reconstruction to address critical questions concerning neuronal integration, plasticity, and connectivity. This protocol describes a technique for obtaining whole-cell recordings in awake head-fixed animals, allowing such questions to be investigated within the context of an intact network and natural behavioral states...
April 3, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369042/temporally-precise-labeling-and-control-of-neuromodulatory-circuits-in-the-mammalian-brain
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Dongmin Lee, Meaghan Creed, Kanghoon Jung, Thomas Stefanelli, Daniel J Wendler, Won Chan Oh, Neymi Layne Mignocchi, Christian Lüscher, Hyung-Bae Kwon
Few tools exist to visualize and manipulate neurons that are targets of neuromodulators. We present iTango, a light- and ligand-gated gene expression system based on a light-inducible split tobacco etch virus protease. Cells expressing the iTango system exhibit increased expression of a marker gene in the presence of dopamine and blue-light exposure, both in vitro and in vivo. We demonstrated the iTango system in a behaviorally relevant context, by inducing expression of optogenetic tools in neurons under dopaminergic control during a behavior of interest...
April 3, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368385/dopamine-transients-are-sufficient-and-necessary-for-acquisition-of-model-based-associations
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Melissa J Sharpe, Chun Yun Chang, Melissa A Liu, Hannah M Batchelor, Lauren E Mueller, Joshua L Jones, Yael Niv, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
Associative learning is driven by prediction errors. Dopamine transients correlate with these errors, which current interpretations limit to endowing cues with a scalar quantity reflecting the value of future rewards. We tested whether dopamine might act more broadly to support learning of an associative model of the environment. Using sensory preconditioning, we show that prediction errors underlying stimulus-stimulus learning can be blocked behaviorally and reinstated by optogenetically activating dopamine neurons...
April 3, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363984/blood-pressure-regulation-by-the-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla-in-conscious-rats-effects-of-hypoxia-hypercapnia-baroreceptor-denervation-and-anesthesia
#15
Ian C Wenker, Chikara Abe, Kenneth E Viar, Daniel S Stornetta, Ruth L Stornetta, Patrice G Guyenet
Current understanding of the contribution of C1 neurons to blood pressure (BP) regulation derives predominantly from experiments carried out in anesthetized animals or reduced ex vivo preparations. Here we use ArchaerhodopsinT3.0 (ArchT) loss-of-function optogenetics to explore BP regulation by C1 neurons in intact unanesthetized rats. Using a lentivirus that expresses ArchT under the Phox2b-activated promoter PRSx8 (PRSx8-ArchT), ∼65% of transduced neurons were C1 (balance retrotrapezoid nucleus, RTN). Other rats received CaMKII-ArchT3...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362370/transmission-of-multiple-signals-through-an-optical-fiber-using-wavefront-shaping
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Daniel Haufe, Nektarios Koukourakis, Lars Büttner, Jürgen W Czarske
The transmission of multiple independent optical signals through a multimode fiber is accomplished using wavefront shaping in order to compensate for the light distortion during the propagation within the fiber. Our methodology is based on digital optical phase conjugation employing only a single spatial light modulator, where the optical wavefront is individually modulated at different regions of the modulator, one region per light signal. Digital optical phase conjugation approaches are considered to be faster than other wavefront shaping approaches, where (for example) a complete determination of the wave propagation behavior of the fiber is performed...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359564/cingulate-overexpression-of-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-phosphatase-1-as-a-key-factor-for-depression
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Florent Barthas, Muris Humo, Ralf Gilsbach, Elisabeth Waltisperger, Meltem Karatas, Samuel Leman, Lutz Hein, Catherine Belzung, Anne-Laurence Boutillier, Michel Barrot, Ipek Yalcin
BACKGROUND: Depression is frequently associated with chronic pain or chronic stress. Among cortical areas, the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC, areas 24a and 24b) appears to be important for mood disorders and constitutes a neuroanatomical substrate for investigating the underlying molecular mechanisms. The current work aimed at identifying ACC molecular factors subserving depression. METHODS: Anxiodepressive-like behaviors in C57BL/6J male mice were induced by neuropathic pain, unpredictable chronic mild stress, and optogenetic ACC stimulation and were evaluated using novelty suppressed feeding, splash, and forced swim tests...
February 14, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346403/near-infrared-optogenetic-pair-for-protein-regulation-and-spectral-multiplexing
#18
Taras A Redchuk, Evgeniya S Omelina, Konstantin G Chernov, Vladislav V Verkhusha
Multifunctional optogenetic systems are in high demand for use in basic and biomedical research. Near-infrared-light-inducible binding of bacterial phytochrome BphP1 to its natural PpsR2 partner is beneficial for simultaneous use with blue-light-activatable tools. However, applications of the BphP1-PpsR2 pair are limited by the large size, multidomain structure and oligomeric behavior of PpsR2. Here, we engineered a single-domain BphP1 binding partner, Q-PAS1, which is three-fold smaller and lacks oligomerization...
March 27, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336323/m1-muscarinic-activation-induces-long-lasting-increase-in-intrinsic-excitability-of-striatal-projection-neurons
#19
Xiaohui Lv, Jonathan W Dickerson, Jerri M Rook, Craig W Lindsley, P Jeffrey Conn, Zixiu Xiang
The dorsolateral striatum is critically involved in movement control and motor learning. Striatal function is regulated by a variety of neuromodulators including acetylcholine. Previous studies have shown that cholinergic activation excites striatal principal projection neurons, medium spiny neurons (MSNs), and this action is mediated by muscarinic acetylcholine subtype 1 receptors (M1) through modulating multiple potassium channels. In the present study, we used electrophysiology techniques in conjunction with optogenetic and pharmacological tools to determine the long-term effects of striatal cholinergic activation on MSN intrinsic excitability...
March 20, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332980/a-receptor-and-neuron-that-activate-a-circuit-limiting-sucrose-consumption
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Ryan M Joseph, Jennifer S Sun, Edric Tam, John R Carlson
The neural control of sugar consumption is critical for normal metabolism. In contrast to sugar-sensing taste neurons that promote consumption, we identify a taste neuron that limits sucrose consumption in Drosophila. Silencing of the neuron increases sucrose feeding; optogenetic activation decreases it. The feeding inhibition depends on the IR60b receptor, as shown by behavioral analysis and Ca(2+) imaging of an IR60b mutant. The IR60b phenotype shows a high degree of chemical specificity when tested with a broad panel of tastants...
March 23, 2017: ELife
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