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Spatial cell firing during virtual navigation of open arenas by head-restrained mice

  1. Guifen Chen
  2. John Andrew King
  3. Yi Lu
  4. Francesca Cacucci  Is a corresponding author
  5. Neil Burgess  Is a corresponding author
  1. University College London, United Kingdom
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e34789 doi: 10.7554/eLife.34789

Abstract

We present a mouse virtual reality (VR) system which restrains head-movements to horizontal rotations, compatible with multi-photon imaging. This system allows expression of the spatial navigation and neuronal firing patterns characteristic of real open arenas (R). Comparing VR to R: place and grid, but not head-direction, cell firing had broader spatial tuning; place, but not grid, cell firing was more directional; theta frequency increased less with running speed; whereas increases in firing rates with running speed and place and grid cells' theta phase precession were similar. These results suggest that the omni-directional place cell firing in R may require local-cues unavailable in VR, and that the scale of grid and place cell firing patterns, and theta frequency, reflect translational motion inferred from both virtual (visual and proprioceptive) and real (vestibular translation and extra-maze) cues. By contrast, firing rates and theta phase precession appear to reflect visual and proprioceptive cues alone.

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  1. Guifen Chen

    UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, United Kingdom
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    No competing interests declared.
  2. John Andrew King

    Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, United Kingdom
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    No competing interests declared.
  3. Yi Lu

    UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, United Kingdom
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    No competing interests declared.
  4. Francesca Cacucci

    Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London, London, United Kingdom
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    f.cacucci@ucl.ac.uk
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  5. Neil Burgess

    UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, United Kingdom
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    n.burgess@ucl.ac.uk
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    Neil Burgess, Reviewing editor, eLife.
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Funding

Wellcome (202805/Z/16/Z)

  • Neil Burgess

Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (Research and Innovation program 720270)

  • Guifen Chen
  • Francesca Cacucci
  • Neil Burgess

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/I021221/1)

  • Francesca Cacucci

H2020 European Research Council (DEVSPACE Starting grant)

  • Francesca Cacucci

China Scholarship Council (201509110138)

  • Yi Lu

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

Ethics

Animal experimentation: All work was carried out under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and according to Home Office and institutional guidelines.

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  1. Laura Colgin, The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Learning and Memory, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: January 3, 2018
  2. Accepted: June 11, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: June 18, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 3, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Chen et al.

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