Optogenetic inhibition of medial entorhinal cortex inputs to the hippocampus during a short period of time right after learning disrupts contextual fear memory formation

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Formation of temporal association memory and context-specific fear memory is thought to require medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) inputs to the hippocampus during learning events. However, whether the MEC inputs are also involved in memory formation during a post-learning period has not been directly tested yet. To examine this possibility, we optogenetically inhibited axons and terminals originating from bilateral dorsal MEC excitatory neurons in the dorsal hippocampus for 5 min right after contextual fear conditioning (CFC). Mice expressing eNpHR3.0 exhibited significantly less freezing compared to control mice expressing EGFP alone during retrieval test in the conditioned context 1 day after learning. In contrast, the same optogenetic inhibition of MEC inputs performed 30 min before retrieval test did not affect freezing during retrieval test, excluding the possibility of non-specific deleterious effect of optical inhibition on retrieval process. These results support that contextual fear memory formation requires MEC inputs to the hippocampus during a post-learning period.
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BMC
Issue Date
2021-01
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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MOLECULAR BRAIN, v.14, no.1

ISSN
1756-6606
DOI
10.1186/s13041-020-00719-w
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/280634
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BS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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