Learning requires neural adaptations thought to be mediated by activity-dependent synaptic plasticity. A relatively non-standard form of synaptic plasticity driven by dendritic calcium spikes, or plateau potentials, has been reported to underlie place field formation in rodent hippocampal CA1 neurons. Here we found that this behavioral timescale synaptic plasticity (BTSP) can also reshape existing place fields via bidirectional synaptic weight changes that depend on the temporal proximity of plateau potentials to pre-existing place fields. When evoked near an existing place field, plateau potentials induced less synaptic potentiation and more depression, suggesting BTSP might depend inversely on postsynaptic activation. However, manipulations of place cell membrane potential and computational modeling indicated that this anti-correlation actually results from a dependence on current synaptic weight such that weak inputs potentiate and strong inputs depress. A network model implementing this bidirectional synaptic learning rule suggested that BTSP enables population activity, rather than pairwise neuronal correlations, to drive neural adaptations to experience.
The complete dataset, Python code for data analysis and model simulation, and additional MATLAB and Igor analysis scripts are available at https://github.com/neurosutras/BTSP.
Bidirectional synaptic plasticity rapidly modifies hippocampal representationsPublicly available at Github (https://github.com).
- Aaron D Milstein
- Ivan Soltesz
- Aaron D Milstein
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Animal experimentation: All experimental methods were approved by the Janelia or Baylor College of Medicine Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (Protocol 12-84 & 15-126).
- Katalin Toth, University of Ottawa, Canada
© 2021, Milstein et al.
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