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Recruitment of an inhibitory hippocampal network after bursting in a single granule cell


Mori, M; Gähwiler, B; Gerber, U (2007). Recruitment of an inhibitory hippocampal network after bursting in a single granule cell. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 104(18):7640-7645.

Abstract

The hippocampal CA3 area, an associational network implicated in memory function, receives monosynaptic excitatory as well as disynaptic inhibitory input through the mossy-fiber axons of the dentate granule cells. Synapses made by mossy fibers exhibit low release probability, resulting in high failure rates at resting discharge frequencies of 0.1 Hz. In recordings from functionally connected pairs of neurons, burst firing of a granule cell increased the probability of glutamate release onto both CA3 pyramidal cells and inhibitory interneurons, such that subsequent low-frequency stimulation evoked biphasic excitatory/inhibitory responses in a CA3 pyramidal cell, an effect lasting for minutes. Analysis of the unitary connections in the circuit revealed that granule cell bursting caused powerful activation of an inhibitory network, thereby transiently suppressing excitatory input to CA3 pyramidal cells. This phenomenon reflects the high incidence of spike-to-spike transmission at granule cell to interneuron synapses, the numerically much greater targeting by mossy fibers of inhibitory interneurons versus principal cells, and the extensively divergent output of interneurons targeting CA3 pyramidal cells. Thus, mossy-fiber input to CA3 pyramidal cells appears to function in three distinct modes: a resting mode, in which synaptic transmission is ineffectual because of high failure rates; a bursting mode, in which excitation predominates; and a postbursting mode, in which inhibitory input to the CA3 pyramidal cells is greatly enhanced. A mechanism allowing the transient recruitment of inhibitory input may be important for controlling network activity in the highly interconnected CA3 pyramidal cell region.

Abstract

The hippocampal CA3 area, an associational network implicated in memory function, receives monosynaptic excitatory as well as disynaptic inhibitory input through the mossy-fiber axons of the dentate granule cells. Synapses made by mossy fibers exhibit low release probability, resulting in high failure rates at resting discharge frequencies of 0.1 Hz. In recordings from functionally connected pairs of neurons, burst firing of a granule cell increased the probability of glutamate release onto both CA3 pyramidal cells and inhibitory interneurons, such that subsequent low-frequency stimulation evoked biphasic excitatory/inhibitory responses in a CA3 pyramidal cell, an effect lasting for minutes. Analysis of the unitary connections in the circuit revealed that granule cell bursting caused powerful activation of an inhibitory network, thereby transiently suppressing excitatory input to CA3 pyramidal cells. This phenomenon reflects the high incidence of spike-to-spike transmission at granule cell to interneuron synapses, the numerically much greater targeting by mossy fibers of inhibitory interneurons versus principal cells, and the extensively divergent output of interneurons targeting CA3 pyramidal cells. Thus, mossy-fiber input to CA3 pyramidal cells appears to function in three distinct modes: a resting mode, in which synaptic transmission is ineffectual because of high failure rates; a bursting mode, in which excitation predominates; and a postbursting mode, in which inhibitory input to the CA3 pyramidal cells is greatly enhanced. A mechanism allowing the transient recruitment of inhibitory input may be important for controlling network activity in the highly interconnected CA3 pyramidal cell region.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Brain Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 May 2007
Deposited On:06 Mar 2010 16:23
Last Modified:03 Aug 2017 15:10
Publisher:National Academy of Sciences
ISSN:0027-8424
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0702164104
PubMed ID:17438288

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