DOI: 10.1101/461533Nov 6, 2018Paper

Ventral hippocampal projections to the medial prefrontal cortex regulate social memory

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
M. L. PhillipsLucas Pozzo-Miller


Inputs from the ventral hippocampus (vHIP) to the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) have been implicated in several neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we show that the long-range vHIP-mPFC projection is hyperactive in the Mecp2 knockout (KO) mouse model of the autism spectrum disorder Rett syndrome, which has deficits in social memory. Chronically mimicking vHIP-mPFC hyperexcitability in wild-type mice impaired social memory, whereas chronic inhibition of mPFC-projecting vHIP neurons in Mecp2 KO mice rescued social memory deficits; the extent of memory rescue was negatively correlated with the strength of vHIP input to the mPFC. Acute manipulations of the vHIP-mPFC projection also affected social memory in a specific and selective manner, suggesting that proper vHIP-mPFC signaling is necessary to recall social memories. In addition, we identified an altered vHIP-mPFC innervation pattern and increased synaptic strength onto layer 5 pyramidal neurons as contributing factors in aberrant vHIP-mPFC signaling in Mecp2 KO mice.


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