The flexible and efficient adaptation to dynamic, rapid changes in the auditory environment likely involves generating and updating of internal models. Such models arguably exploit connections between the neocortex and the cerebellum, supporting proactive adaptation. Here we tested whether temporo-cerebellar disconnection is associated with the processing of sound at short-timescales. First, we identify lesion-specific deficits for the encoding of short timescale spectro-temporal non-speech and speech properties in patients with left posterior temporal cortex stroke. Second, using lesion- guided probabilistic tractography in healthy participants, we revealed bidirectional temporo-cerebellar connectivity with cerebellar dentate nuclei and crura I/II. These findings support the view that the encoding and modeling of rapidly modulated auditory spectro-temporal properties can rely on a temporo-cerebellar interface. We discuss these findings in view of the conjecture that proactive adaptation to a dynamic environment via internal models is a generalizable principle.
There is restricted access to the data due to German legal regulations of patient protection.We have made all data which we can legally share accessible via figure share (link is included in the resource statement). We have provided all data (lesion data, scripts, behavioral data that allowed lesion-symptom mapping) in our figure share account for reproduction of the critical seed region for a tracking analysis.Anonymisation of MRI/DTI data is not allowed either through the ethics agreement nor the participants' consent. We cannot do anything about this as these are the legal regulations that we have to deal with. We have made a clear statement that we seek open dialogue about how we have analysed our data. Further, given the data that we have provided, any interested researcher can (1) approach us about our analysis, (2) can take a set of open source age-matched structural MRI/DTI data to replicated our results
- Sonja Kotz
- Anika Stockert
- Sonja Kotz
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Human subjects: The protocol of the current research was approved by the ethics committee of the University of Leipzig, Germany (Protocol Number: 953). All participants provided written, informed consent before the start of data collection.
- Timothy D Griffiths, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom
© 2021, Stockert et al.
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Connections from the basolateral amygdala (BLA) to medial prefrontal cortex (PFC) regulate memory and emotion and become disrupted in neuropsychiatric disorders. The diverse roles attributed to interactions between the BLA and PFC may reflect multiple circuits nested within a wider network. To examine these circuits, we first used retrograde and anterograde anatomy to show that the rostral BLA (rBLA) and caudal BLA (cBLA) differentially project to prelimbic (PL) and infralimbic (IL) subregions of the mouse PFC. Using ex vivo whole-cell recordings and optogenetics, we then assessed which neuronal subtypes are targeted, showing that rBLA preferentially drives layer 2 (L2) cortico-amygdalar (CA) neurons in PL, whereas cBLA drives layer 5 (L5) pyramidal tract (PT) neurons in IL. We next combined in vivo silicon probe recordings and optogenetics to confirm that cBLA mainly influences IL L5, whereas rBLA primarily activates PL L2, but also evokes polysynaptic activity in PL L5. Lastly, we used soma-tagged optogenetics to explore the local circuits linking superficial and deep layers of PL, showing how rBLA can engage L2 CA neurons to impact L5 PT neuron activity. Together, our findings delineate how subregions of the BLA target distinct networks within the PFC and differentially influence output from PL and IL.
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