A cellular mechanism for inverse effectiveness in multisensory integration

Abstract

To build a coherent view of the external world, an organism needs to integrate multiple types of sensory information from different sources, a process known as multisensory integration (MSI). Previously we showed that the temporal dependence of MSI in the optic tectum of Xenopus laevis tadpoles is mediated by the network dynamics of the recruitment of local inhibition by sensory input (Felch et al., 2016). This was one of the first cellular-level mechanisms described for MSI. Here we expand this cellular level view of MSI by focusing on the principle of inverse effectiveness, another central feature of MSI stating that the amount of multisensory enhancement observed inversely depends on the size of unisensory responses. We show that non-linear summation of crossmodal synaptic responses, mediated by NMDA-type glutamate receptor (NMDARs) activation, form the cellular basis for inverse effectiveness, both at the cellular and behavioral levels.

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  1. Torrey LS Truszkowski

    Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, United States
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  2. Oscar A Carrillo

    Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, United States
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  3. Julia Bleier

    Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, United States
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  4. Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo

    Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, United States
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  5. Daniel L Felch

    Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, United States
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  6. Molly McQuillan

    Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, United States
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  7. Christopher P Truszkowski

    Digital Services, Roger Williams University, Bristol, United States
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  8. Arseny S Khakhalin

    Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, United States
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  9. Carlos D Aizenman

    Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, United States
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    Carlos_Aizenman@brown.edu
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Funding

National Institutes of Health (NIH F31 NS09379001)

  • Torrey LS Truszkowski

National Science Foundation (NSF IOS 1353044)

  • Torrey LS Truszkowski
  • Oscar A Carrillo
  • Julia Bleier
  • Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo
  • Christopher P Truszkowski
  • Carlos D Aizenman

American Physiological Society

  • Oscar A Carrillo
  • Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo

Bard Summer Research Institute, Bard College

  • Molly McQuillan
  • Arseny S Khakhalin

Brown University

  • Oscar A Carrillo
  • Julia Bleier
  • Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo

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

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  1. Gary L Westbrook, Vollum Institute, United States

Ethics

Animal experimentation: This study was performed in strict accordance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health. All of the animals were handled according to approved institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) protocols (1607000219) of Brown University.

Version history

  1. Received: January 25, 2017
  2. Accepted: March 15, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: March 18, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Accepted Manuscript updated: March 24, 2017 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record published: March 31, 2017 (version 3)

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© 2017, Truszkowski et al.

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  1. Torrey LS Truszkowski
  2. Oscar A Carrillo
  3. Julia Bleier
  4. Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo
  5. Daniel L Felch
  6. Molly McQuillan
  7. Christopher P Truszkowski
  8. Arseny S Khakhalin
  9. Carlos D Aizenman
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A cellular mechanism for inverse effectiveness in multisensory integration
eLife 6:e25392.
https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.25392

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