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Stimulus dependent diversity and stereotypy in the output of an olfactory functional unit


Arneodo, Ezequiel M; Penikis, Kristina B; Rabinowitz, Neil; Licata, Angela; Cichy, Annika; Zhang, Jingji; Bozza, Thomas; Rinberg, Dmitry (2018). Stimulus dependent diversity and stereotypy in the output of an olfactory functional unit. Nature Communications, 9:1347.

Abstract

Olfactory inputs are organized in an array of functional units (glomeruli), each relaying information from sensory neurons expressing a given odorant receptor to a small population of output neurons, mitral/tufted (MT) cells. MT cells respond heterogeneously to odorants, and how the responses encode stimulus features is unknown. We recorded in awake mice responses from "sister" MT cells that receive input from a functionally characterized, genetically identified glomerulus, corresponding to a specific receptor (M72). Despite receiving similar inputs, sister MT cells exhibit temporally diverse, concentration-dependent, excitatory and inhibitory responses to most M72 ligands. In contrast, the strongest known ligand for M72 elicits temporally stereotyped, early excitatory responses in sister MT cells, consistent across a range of concentrations. Our data suggest that information about ligand affinity is encoded in the collective stereotypy or diversity of activity among sister MT cells within a glomerular functional unit in a concentration-tolerant manner.

Abstract

Olfactory inputs are organized in an array of functional units (glomeruli), each relaying information from sensory neurons expressing a given odorant receptor to a small population of output neurons, mitral/tufted (MT) cells. MT cells respond heterogeneously to odorants, and how the responses encode stimulus features is unknown. We recorded in awake mice responses from "sister" MT cells that receive input from a functionally characterized, genetically identified glomerulus, corresponding to a specific receptor (M72). Despite receiving similar inputs, sister MT cells exhibit temporally diverse, concentration-dependent, excitatory and inhibitory responses to most M72 ligands. In contrast, the strongest known ligand for M72 elicits temporally stereotyped, early excitatory responses in sister MT cells, consistent across a range of concentrations. Our data suggest that information about ligand affinity is encoded in the collective stereotypy or diversity of activity among sister MT cells within a glomerular functional unit in a concentration-tolerant manner.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Neuroinformatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:12 Mar 2019 09:13
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:27
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:2041-1723
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03837-1
PubMed ID:29632302

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