Short-term plasticity at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses is induced by natural activity patterns and associated with vesicle pool engram formation

Vandael DH, Borges Merjane C, Zhang X, Jonas PM. 2020. Short-term plasticity at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses is induced by natural activity patterns and associated with vesicle pool engram formation. Neuron. 107(3), 509–521.

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Post-tetanic potentiation (PTP) is an attractive candidate mechanism for hippocampus-dependent short-term memory. Although PTP has a uniquely large magnitude at hippocampal mossy fiber-CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses, it is unclear whether it can be induced by natural activity and whether its lifetime is sufficient to support short-term memory. We combined in vivo recordings from granule cells (GCs), in vitro paired recordings from mossy fiber terminals and postsynaptic CA3 neurons, and “flash and freeze” electron microscopy. PTP was induced at single synapses and showed a low induction threshold adapted to sparse GC activity in vivo. PTP was mainly generated by enlargement of the readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles, allowing multiplicative interaction with other plasticity forms. PTP was associated with an increase in the docked vesicle pool, suggesting formation of structural “pool engrams.” Absence of presynaptic activity extended the lifetime of the potentiation, enabling prolonged information storage in the hippocampal network.
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2020-08-05
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Neuron
Acknowledgement
This project received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program (grant agreement 692692 to P.J.) and the Fond zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung ( Z 312-B27 , Wittgenstein award to P.J. and V 739-B27 to C.B.-M.). We thank Drs. Jozsef Csicsvari, Jose Guzman, Erwin Neher, and Ryuichi Shigemoto for commenting on earlier versions of the manuscript. We are grateful to Walter Kaufmann, Daniel Gütl, and Vanessa Zheden for EM training; Alois Schlögl for programming; Florian Marr for excellent technical assistance and cell reconstruction; Christina Altmutter for technical help; Eleftheria Kralli-Beller for manuscript editing; Taija Makinen for providing the Prox1-CreERT2 mouse line; and the Scientific Service Units of IST Austria for support.
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107
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3
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509-521
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Vandael DH, Borges Merjane C, Zhang X, Jonas PM. Short-term plasticity at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses is induced by natural activity patterns and associated with vesicle pool engram formation. Neuron. 2020;107(3):509-521. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2020.05.013
Vandael, D. H., Borges Merjane, C., Zhang, X., & Jonas, P. M. (2020). Short-term plasticity at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses is induced by natural activity patterns and associated with vesicle pool engram formation. Neuron. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2020.05.013
Vandael, David H, Carolina Borges Merjane, Xiaomin Zhang, and Peter M Jonas. “Short-Term Plasticity at Hippocampal Mossy Fiber Synapses Is Induced by Natural Activity Patterns and Associated with Vesicle Pool Engram Formation.” Neuron. Elsevier, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2020.05.013.
D. H. Vandael, C. Borges Merjane, X. Zhang, and P. M. Jonas, “Short-term plasticity at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses is induced by natural activity patterns and associated with vesicle pool engram formation,” Neuron, vol. 107, no. 3. Elsevier, pp. 509–521, 2020.
Vandael DH, Borges Merjane C, Zhang X, Jonas PM. 2020. Short-term plasticity at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses is induced by natural activity patterns and associated with vesicle pool engram formation. Neuron. 107(3), 509–521.
Vandael, David H., et al. “Short-Term Plasticity at Hippocampal Mossy Fiber Synapses Is Induced by Natural Activity Patterns and Associated with Vesicle Pool Engram Formation.” Neuron, vol. 107, no. 3, Elsevier, 2020, pp. 509–21, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2020.05.013.
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