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Long-term rearrangements of hippocampal mossy fiber terminal connectivity in the adult regulated by experience

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Galimberti, Ivan
Gogolla, Nadine
Santos, A. F.
Caroni, Pico
Published in Neuron. 2006, vol. 50, no. 5, p. 749-763
Abstract We investigated rearrangements of connectivity between hippocampal mossy fibers and CA3 pyramidal neurons. We found that mossy fibers establish 10-15 local terminal arborization complexes (LMT-Cs) in CA3, which exhibit major differences in size and divergence in adult mice. LMT-Cs exhibited two types of long-term rearrangements in connectivity in the adult: progressive expansion of LMT-C subsets along individual dendrites throughout life, and pronounced increases in LMT-C complexities in response to an enriched environment. In organotypic slice cultures, subsets of LMT-Cs also rearranged extensively and grew over weeks and months, altering the strength of preexisting connectivity, and establishing or dismantling connections with pyramidal neurons. Differences in LMT-C plasticity reflected properties of individual LMT-Cs, not mossy fibers. LMT-C maintenance and growth were regulated by spiking activity, mGluR2-sensitive transmitter release from LMTs, and PKC. Thus, subsets of terminal arborization complexes by mossy fibers rearrange their local connectivities in response to experience and age throughout life.
Keywords Age FactorsAnimalsDendrites/physiologyHousing, AnimalLong-Term Potentiation/physiologyMiceMice, Inbred BALB CMice, Inbred C57BLMice, TransgenicNerve Fibers/ physiologyNeural Pathways/ physiologyNeuronal Plasticity/ physiologyOrgan Culture TechniquesPyramidal Cells/ cytology
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