DOI: 10.1101/494872Dec 13, 2018Paper

New insights from 22-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations to characterize fear responses: relationship with respiration and brain oscillatory dynamics

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Maryne DupinAnne-Marie MOULY


Fear behavior depends on interactions between the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA), and the expression of fear involves synchronized activity in theta and gamma oscillatory activities. In addition, freezing, the most classical measure of fear response in rodents, temporally coincides with the development of sustained 4-Hz oscillations in prefrontal-amygdala circuits. Interestingly, these oscillations were recently shown to depend on the animal's respiratory rhythm, supporting the growing body of evidence pinpointing the influence of nasal breathing on brain rhythms. During fearful states, rats also emit 22-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) which drastically affect respiratory rhythm. However, the relationship between 22-kHz USV, respiration and brain oscillatory activities is still unknown. Yet such information is crucial for a comprehensive understanding of how the different components of fear response collectively modulate rat's brain neural dynamics. Here we trained male rats in an odor fear conditioning task, while recording simultaneously local field potentials in BLA, mPFC and olfactory piriform cortex, together with USV calls and respiration. We show that USV calls coincide with an incr...Continue Reading

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