Plasticity-dependent, full detonation at hippocampal mossy fiber–CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses

N. Vyleta, C. Borges Merjane, P.M. Jonas, ELife 5 (2016).

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Mossy fiber synapses on CA3 pyramidal cells are 'conditional detonators' that reliably discharge postsynaptic targets. The 'conditional' nature implies that burst activity in dentate gyrus granule cells is required for detonation. Whether single unitary excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) trigger spikes in CA3 neurons remains unknown. Mossy fiber synapses exhibit both pronounced short-term facilitation and uniquely large post-tetanic potentiation (PTP). We tested whether PTP could convert mossy fiber synapses from subdetonator into detonator mode, using a recently developed method to selectively and noninvasively stimulate individual presynaptic terminals in rat brain slices. Unitary EPSPs failed to initiate a spike in CA3 neurons under control conditions, but reliably discharged them after induction of presynaptic short-term plasticity. Remarkably, PTP switched mossy fiber synapses into full detonators for tens of seconds. Plasticity-dependent detonation may be critical for efficient coding, storage, and recall of information in the granule cell–CA3 cell network.
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2016-10-25
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eLife
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5
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e17977
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Vyleta N, Borges Merjane C, Jonas PM. Plasticity-dependent, full detonation at hippocampal mossy fiber–CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses. eLife. 2016;5. doi:10.7554/eLife.17977
Vyleta, N., Borges Merjane, C., & Jonas, P. M. (2016). Plasticity-dependent, full detonation at hippocampal mossy fiber–CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses. ELife, 5. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.17977
Vyleta, Nicholas, Carolina Borges Merjane, and Peter M Jonas. “Plasticity-Dependent, Full Detonation at Hippocampal Mossy Fiber–CA3 Pyramidal Neuron Synapses.” ELife 5 (2016). https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.17977.
N. Vyleta, C. Borges Merjane, and P. M. Jonas, “Plasticity-dependent, full detonation at hippocampal mossy fiber–CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses,” eLife, vol. 5, 2016.
Vyleta N, Borges Merjane C, Jonas PM. 2016. Plasticity-dependent, full detonation at hippocampal mossy fiber–CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses. eLife. 5.
Vyleta, Nicholas, et al. “Plasticity-Dependent, Full Detonation at Hippocampal Mossy Fiber–CA3 Pyramidal Neuron Synapses.” ELife, vol. 5, e17977, eLife Sciences Publications, 2016, doi:10.7554/eLife.17977.
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