VTA neurons coordinate with the hippocampal reactivation of spatial experience

  1. Stephen N Gomperts  Is a corresponding author
  2. Fabian Kloosterman
  3. Matthew A Wilson
  1. Harvard Medical School, United States
  2. NERF, Belgium
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Abstract

Spatial learning requires the hippocampus, and the replay of spatial sequences during hippocampal sharp wave-ripple (SPW-R) events of quiet wakefulness and sleep is believed to play a crucial role. To test whether the coordination of VTA reward prediction error signals with these replayed spatial sequences could contribute to this process, we recorded from neuronal ensembles of the hippocampus and VTA as rats performed appetitive spatial tasks and subsequently slept. We found that many reward responsive (RR) VTA neurons coordinated with quiet wakefulness-associated hippocampal SPW-R events that replayed recent experience. In contrast, coordination between RR neurons and SPW-R events in subsequent slow wave sleep was diminished. Together, these results indicate distinct contributions of VTA reinforcement activity associated with hippocampal spatial replay to the processing of wake and SWS-associated spatial memory.

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  1. Stephen N Gomperts

    MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States
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  2. Fabian Kloosterman

    NERF, Leuven, Belgium
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  3. Matthew A Wilson

    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States
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Ethics

Animal experimentation: All procedures were approved by the Committee on Animal Care of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Protocol Number 0505-032-08) and followed the ethical guidelines of the US National Institutes of Health.

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  1. Howard Eichenbaum, Boston University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: October 28, 2014
  2. Accepted: October 13, 2015
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: October 14, 2015 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: December 17, 2015 (version 2)

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© 2015, Gomperts et al.

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  1. Stephen N Gomperts
  2. Fabian Kloosterman
  3. Matthew A Wilson
(2015)
VTA neurons coordinate with the hippocampal reactivation of spatial experience
eLife 4:e05360.
https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.05360

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