Medium spiny neurons activity reveals the discrete segregation of mouse dorsal striatum

  1. Javier Alegre-Cortés
  2. María Sáez
  3. Roberto Montanari
  4. Ramon Reig  Is a corresponding author
  1. Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, Spain

Abstract

Behavioural studies differentiate the rodent dorsal striatum (DS) into lateral and medial regions; however, anatomical evidence suggests that it is a unified structure. To understand striatal dynamics and basal ganglia functions, it is essential to clarify the circuitry that supports this behavioural-based segregation. Here, we show that the mouse DS is made of two non-overlapping functional circuits divided by a boundary. Combining in vivo optopatch-clamp and extracellular recordings of spontaneous and evoked sensory activity, we demonstrate different coupling of lateral and medial striatum to the cortex together with an independent integration of the spontaneous activity, due to particular corticostriatal connectivity and local attributes of each region. Additionally, we show differences in slow and fast oscillations and in the electrophysiological properties between striatonigral and striatopallidal neurons. In summary, these results demonstrate that the rodent DS is segregated in two neuronal circuits, in homology with the caudate and putamen nuclei of primates.

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All data generated during and/or analysed during the current study, as well as the required code to reproduce the figures, is available on the CSIC public repository. This is the URL access http://dx.doi.org/10.20350/digitalCSIC/13750.

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  1. Javier Alegre-Cortés

    Cellular and Systems Neurobiology, Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
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  2. María Sáez

    Cellular and Systems Neurobiology, Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
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  3. Roberto Montanari

    Cellular and Systems Neurobiology, Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
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  4. Ramon Reig

    Cellular and Systems Neurobiology, Instituto de Neurociencias CSIC-UMH, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
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    ramon.reig@umh.es
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Funding

Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Gobierno de España (BFU2014-60809-IN)

  • Ramon Reig

Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Gobierno de España (SEV-2013-0317 and SEV-2017-0723)

  • Ramon Reig

Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Gobierno de España (SEV2013-0317)

  • María Sáez

Fundacion la Caixa (2016/00006/001)

  • Roberto Montanari

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 the experimental procedures were conformed to the directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and the RD 53/2013 Spanish regulation on the protection of animals use for scientific purposes, approved by the government of the Autonomous Community of Valencia, under the supervision of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and the Miguel Hernandez University Committee for Animal use in Laboratory.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Olivier J Manzoni, Aix-Marseille University, INSERM, INMED, France

Version history

  1. Received: September 27, 2020
  2. Accepted: February 15, 2021
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: February 18, 2021 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: March 2, 2021 (version 2)

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© 2021, Alegre-Cortés et al.

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  1. Javier Alegre-Cortés
  2. María Sáez
  3. Roberto Montanari
  4. Ramon Reig
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Medium spiny neurons activity reveals the discrete segregation of mouse dorsal striatum
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