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PRESYNAPTIC GABAB RECEPTORS REGULATE HIPPOCAMPAL SYNAPSES DURING ASSOCIATIVE LEARNING IN BEHAVING MICE

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2016-02-05
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GABAB receptors are the G-protein-coupled receptors for GABA, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Pharmacological activation of GABAB receptors regulates neurotransmission and neuronal excitability at pre- and postsynaptic sites. Electrophysiological activation of GABAB receptors in brain slices generally requires strong stimulus intensities. This raises the question as to whether behavioral stimuli are strong enough to activate GABAB receptors. Here we show that GABAB1a -/- mice, which constitutively lack presynaptic GABAB receptors at glutamatergic synapses, are impaired in their ability to acquire an operant learning task. In vivo recordings during the operant conditioning reveal a deficit in learning-dependent increases in synaptic strength at CA3-CA1 synapses. Moreover, GABAB1a -/- mice fail to synchronize neuronal activity in the CA1 area during the acquisition process. Our results support that activation of presynaptic hippocampal GABAB receptors is important for acquisition of a learning task and for learning-associated synaptic changes and network dynamics.
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En este trabajo se estudió el principal neurotransmisor inhibitorio del sistema nervioso central en su rol acoplado a la proteína (GABAB). Aquí mostramos que los ratones GABAB1a-/-, que carecen constitutivamente de receptores de GABAB presinápticos en las sinapsis glutamatérgicas, tienen problemas en su capacidad para adquirir una tarea de aprendizaje operante. Los registros in vivo durante el condicionamiento operante revelan un déficit en la eficacia de las sinapsis CA3-CA1. Además, los ratones GABAB1a-/- no pueden sincronizar la actividad neuronal en el área CA1 durante el proceso de adquisición. Nuestros resultados respaldan la idea de que la activación de los receptores presinápticos del hipocampo GABAB es importante para la adquisición de una tarea de aprendizaje.
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PLoS ONE, vol 11, nº 2, e0148800, p. 1-15
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