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Neuronal basis of the slow (<1 Hz) oscillation in neurons of the nucleus reticularis thalami in vitro

Blethyn, Kate L., Hughes, Stuart Wynn, Tóth, Tibor Istvan, Cope, David W. and Crunelli, Vincenzo ORCID: 2006. Neuronal basis of the slow (<1 Hz) oscillation in neurons of the nucleus reticularis thalami in vitro. Journal of Neuroscience 26 (9) , pp. 2474-2486. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3607-05.2006

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During deep sleep and anesthesia, the EEG of humans and animals exhibits a distinctive slow (<1 Hz) rhythm. In inhibitory neurons of the nucleus reticularis thalami (NRT), this rhythm is reflected as a slow (<1 Hz) oscillation of the membrane potential comprising stereotypical, recurring "up" and "down" states. Here we show that reducing the leak current through the activation of group I metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) with either trans-ACPD [(+/–)-1-aminocyclopentane-trans-1,3-dicarboxylic acid] (50–100 µM) or DHPG [(S)-3,5-dihydroxyphenylglycine] (100 µM) instates an intrinsic slow oscillation in NRT neurons in vitro that is qualitatively equivalent to that observed in vivo. A slow oscillation could also be evoked by synaptically activating mGluRs on NRT neurons via the tetanic stimulation of corticothalamic fibers. Through a combination of experiments and computational modeling we show that the up state of the slow oscillation is predominantly generated by the "window" component of the T-type Ca2+ current, with an additional supportive role for a Ca2+-activated nonselective cation current. The slow oscillation is also fundamentally reliant on an Ih current and is extensively shaped by both Ca2+- and Na+-activated K+ currents. In combination with previous work in thalamocortical neurons, this study suggests that the thalamus plays an important and active role in shaping the slow (<1 Hz) rhythm during deep sleep.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: sleep; EEG; rhythm; thalamus; calcium current; T-type; mGluR; CAN current
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Publisher: Society for Neuroscience
ISSN: 0022-3042
Last Modified: 30 May 2023 18:10

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