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Fast-spiking GABA circuit dynamics in the auditory cortex predict recovery of sensory processing following peripheral nerve damage

  1. Jennifer Resnik  Is a corresponding author
  2. Daniel B Polley  Is a corresponding author
  1. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e21452 doi: 10.7554/eLife.21452


Cortical neurons remap their receptive fields and rescale sensitivity to spared peripheral inputs following sensory nerve damage. To address how these plasticity processes are coordinated over the course of functional recovery, we tracked receptive field reorganization, spontaneous activity, and response gain from individual principal neurons in the adult mouse auditory cortex over a 50-day period surrounding either moderate or massive auditory nerve damage. We related the day-by-day recovery of sound processing to dynamic changes in the strength of intracortical inhibition from parvalbumin-expressing (PV) inhibitory neurons. Whereas the status of brainstem-evoked potentials did not predict the recovery of sensory responses to surviving nerve fibers, homeostatic adjustments in PV-mediated inhibition during the first days following injury could predict the eventual recovery of cortical sound processing weeks later. These findings underscore the potential importance of self-regulated inhibitory dynamics for the restoration of sensory processing in excitatory neurons following peripheral nerve injuries.

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  1. Jennifer Resnik

    Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, United States
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  2. Daniel B Polley

    Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, United States
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European Molecular Biology Organization (Long term postdoctoral fellowship)

  • Jennifer Resnik

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (RO1 DC009836)

  • Daniel B Polley

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.


Animal experimentation: All procedures were approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (protocol number 10-03-006) and followed guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health for the care and use of laboratory animals. All surgeries were performed under ketamine and xylazine, and every effort was made to minimize suffering.

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  1. Dwight E Bergles, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: September 13, 2016
  2. Accepted: March 20, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: March 21, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: April 3, 2017 (version 2)


© 2017, Resnik & Polley

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