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A novel inhibitory nucleo-cortical circuit controls cerebellar Golgi cell activity

  1. Lea Ankri
  2. Zoé Husson
  3. Katarzyna Pietrajtis
  4. Rémi Proville
  5. Clément Léna
  6. Yosef Yarom
  7. Stéphane Dieudonné  Is a corresponding author
  8. Marylka Yoe Uusisaari
  1. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  2. Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
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Cite this article as: eLife 2015;4:e06262 doi: 10.7554/eLife.06262

Abstract

The cerebellum, a crucial center for motor coordination, is composed of a cortex and several nuclei. The main mode of interaction between these two parts is considered to be formed by the inhibitory control of the nuclei by cortical Purkinje neurons. We now amend this view by showing that inhibitory GABA-glycinergic neurons of the cerebellar nuclei project profusely into the cerebellar cortex, where they make synaptic contacts on a GABAergic subpopulation of cerebellar Golgi cells. These spontaneously firing Golgi cells are inhibited by optogenetic activation of the inhibitory nucleo-cortical fibers both in vitro and in vivo. Our data suggest that the cerebellar nuclei may contribute to the functional recruitment of the cerebellar cortex by decreasing Golgi cell inhibition onto granule cells.

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  1. Lea Ankri

    Department of Neurobiology, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
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  2. Zoé Husson

    Inhibitory Transmission Team, Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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  3. Katarzyna Pietrajtis

    Inhibitory Transmission Team, Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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  4. Rémi Proville

    Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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  5. Clément Léna

    Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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  6. Yosef Yarom

    Department of Neurobiology, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
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  7. Stéphane Dieudonné

    Inhibitory Transmission Team, Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
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    dieudon@biologie.ens.fr
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  8. Marylka Yoe Uusisaari

    Department of Neurobiology, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
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Ethics

Animal experimentation: All animal manipulations were made in strict accordance with guidelines of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Hebrew University's Animal Care and Use Committee (Ethic permission # NS-12-12505-4).

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  1. Michael Häusser, University College London, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: December 27, 2014
  2. Accepted: May 11, 2015
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: May 12, 2015 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: June 10, 2015 (version 2)

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© 2015, Ankri et al.

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