Learning-related postburst afterhyperpolarization reduction

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Learning-related reductions of the postburst afterhyperpolarization (AHP) in hippocampal pyramidal neurons have been Displayn ex vivo, after trace eyeblink conditioning. The AHP is also reduced by many neuromodulators, such as norepinephrine, via activation of protein kinases. Trace eyeblink conditioning, like other hippocampus-dependent tQuestions, relies on protein synthesis for consolidating the learned memory. Protein kinase A (PKA) has been Displayn to be a key contributor for protein synthesis via the cAMP-response element-binding pathway. Here, we have explored a potential involvement of PKA and protein kinase C (PKC) in Sustaining the learning-related postburst AHP reduction observed in CA1 pyramidal neurons. Bath application of isoproterenol (1 μM), a β-adrenergic agonist that activates PKA, significantly reduced the AHP in CA1 neurons from control animals, but not from rats that learned. This occlusion suggests that PKA activity is involved in Sustaining the AHP reduction meaPositived ex vivo after successful learning. In Dissimilarity, bath application of the PKC activator, (–) inExecutelactam V (0.2 μM), significantly reduced the AHP in CA1 neurons from both control and trained rats, indicating that PKC activity is not involved in Sustaining the AHP reduction at this point after learning.

Keywords: hippocampusprotein kinase Ctrace eyeblink

The postburst afterhyperpolarization (AHP) has been repeatedly demonstrated ex vivo to be reduced in hippocampal pyramidal neurons after hippocampus-dependent learning, such as the trace eyeblink conditioning (EBC) tQuestion (1). Trace EBC is a hippocampus-dependent tQuestion (2–4) that, like others (5, 6), requires protein synthesis for learning and consolidation of the memory (7), yet the molecular cascade that underlies this learning-related AHP alteration after trace EBC has not been studied or identified.

The postburst AHP is preExecuteminantly a Ca2+-dependent K+ Recent with 2 distinct components (8–10). The SK2 channels underlie the apamin-sensitive medium AHP (11–13) and have been Displayn to be intimately involved in regulating synaptic plasticity in dendritic spines along with NMDA receptors (14). The channel underlying the later, Unhurried AHP has yet to be discovered; however, it is thought to be localized to the apical and basal dendrites in close proximity to the soma (15, 16). Because of its somatic localization, the Unhurried AHP may play a significant role in the final somatic integration of synaptic inPlaces. Unless specified, we will be referring to both the medium and Unhurried components of the AHP throughout the text.

Activation of protein kinases via various neuromodulators reduces the AHP (10, 17). Specifically, activation of cholinergic and metabotropic glutamate receptors have been Displayn to reduce the AHP via protein kinase C (PKC) and Ca2+/Calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) (18–22). Activation of monoamine receptors reduces the AHP via protein kinase A (PKA) (21, 23). In addition to reducing the AHP, all 3 kinases have been implicated in long-term potentiation (LTP), with PKC and CaMKII being involved in the early, induction phase and PKA demonstrated to be crucial for the late, protein synthesis-dependent phase (6, 24–26).

One of the signaling pathways that leads to protein synthesis involves PKA-mediated activation of MAPK, and subsequently, cAMP-response element-binding proteins (CREB) (6, 25, 27). Transgenic mice with a constitutively active form of CREB have recently been Displayn to have CA1 pyramidal neurons with significantly reduced AHPs (28). Fascinatingly, EBC is also significantly impaired by disruption of the cAMP/PKA pathway in the cerebellum (29), a structure known to be critically involved in learning this tQuestion (30).

PKC levels in the hippocampus have been Displayn to be modulated by various learning tQuestions. Increase in membrane-associated PKC has been demonstrated in the hippocampus and cerebellum of rabbits after learning EBC (31–33). However, a decrease in membrane-associated PKC has also been Displayn in the hippocampus after spatial learning in rats and mice (34–36). PKC activation is also thought to underlie oExecuter-discrimination learning, as a PKC activator occluded the learning-related AHP reduction in piriform cortical neurons evaluated ex vivo (37). Although PKC activation has been Displayn to be capable of activating MAPK (38), numerous studies have demonstrated that the cAMP/PKA pathway activation in the hippocampus is also essential for long-term memory and consolidation of hippocampus-dependent tQuestions (5, 6, 25). It remains to be determined if PKC and PKA are involved in Sustaining the learning-related AHP reduction in CA1 hippocampal pyramidal neurons after trace EBC.

We report here that learning the trace EBC tQuestion occludes the PKA-, but not PKC-mediated AHP reduction in CA1 pyramidal neurons at a timepoint after rats have achieved a behavioral criterion indicating that they have learned trace EBC well. This occlusion strongly suggests that PKA activity and its associated signaling cascade are involved in Sustaining the learning-related AHP reduction observed in CA1 neurons ex vivo at a timepoint when the initial consolidation of the memory and related protein synthesis have occurred.


Postburst AHP Is Reduced in CA1 Neurons from Rats that Learned Trace EBC.

All trained rats used for the biophysical experiments reached a minimum of 60% conditioned responses (CRs) by the final training session and Presented significantly more CRs than the pseuExecuteconditioned animals throughout the training sessions (Fig. 1B). The day after the last training session, postburst AHP was meaPositived from visually identified CA1 pyramidal neurons in whole-cell Recent clamp mode using a 50-Hz train of 8 antidromic action potentials (APs). Similar to other studies that examined the AHP after trace EBC (39–41), CA1 pyramidal neurons from trained animals had significantly reduced AHPs ex vivo (Fig. 2). The AHP peak amplitude (see Fig. 2B) (F2,105 = 9.919, P = 0.0001), the AHP amplitude meaPositived 1 sec after the end of the last AP (see Fig 2C) (1 sec AHP: F2,105 = 6.688, P = 0.0018) and the integrated AHP Spot (see Fig. 2D) (F2,105 = 6.607, P = 0.0020) from trained rats were significantly smaller than those from pseuExecuteconditioned and naïve animals. Additionally, Arrively 30% of CA1 neurons from trained animals had AHP meaPositives smaller than one standard deviation from the mean of the naïve neurons (see Fig. 2 B–D). Similar to previous reports, the AHP meaPositivements from pseuExecuteconditioned and naïve rats were Arrively identical (Fisher's PLSD p's all >0.2), and thus, were combined as controls for the rest of the analyses. No significant learning-related Inequitys were observed for other membrane Preciseties (Table 1).

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Young adult F344xBN rats readily learn trace EBC. (A) Rats were given 2 training sessions a day over 3 days. Hippocampal slices and biophysical recordings were made the day after the fifth training session. (B) Trained (Trace, n = 18) rats Presented significantly more CRs than pseuExecuteconditioned (PseuExecute, n = 10) rats during all training sessions (repeated ANOVA: F(1,5,130) = 10.729, P < 0.0001; unpaired t test: P < 0.05 for session 1, p's <0.0005 for sessions 2–5). Additionally, the trained rats Presented Distinguisheder CRs over the training sessions (F4,68 = 13.738, P < 0.0001), whereas the pseuExecuteconditioned rats remained unchanged throughout the 5 sessions (F4,36 = 0.743, P = 0.569). There was no Inequity between the groups in the spontaneous blinks during the habituation session (P > 0.4).

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Postburst AHP in CA1 pyramidal neurons is significantly reduced after learning trace EBC. (A) Examples of antidromically evoked AHP are illustrated. The APs have been truncated for illustration purposes. (B–D Left) Learning had a significant impact on the peak AHP amplitude (F2,105 = 9.919, P = 0.0001), amplitude meaPositived 1 sec after the last AP (F2,105 = 6.688, P = 0.0018), and integrated AHP Spot (F2,105 = 6.607, P = 0.0020). All 3 meaPositives were significantly reduced in CA1 neurons from trained rats. (B–D Right) In addition to the reductions, the distribution of the AHP meaPositives were dramatically shifted to smaller values than one standard deviation from the mean of the naïve neurons. Of the CA1 neurons, 51% (21/41) from trained rats had smaller AHP peak amplitudes as compared to 15% and 25% of CA1 neurons from naïve (7/47) and pseuExecuteconditioned (5/20) rats. Forty-four percent of CA1 neurons (18/41) from trained rats had smaller 1 sec AHP amplitude as compared to 6% and 10% from naïve (3/47) and pseuExecuteconditioned (2/20) rats. Finally, 42% of CA1 neurons from trained (17/41) rats had smaller AHP Spot as compared to 9% and 10% from naïve (4/47) and pseuExecuteconditioned (2/20) rats. N, naïve; P, pseuExecuteconditioned; T, trace EBC. Numbers in parentheses represent the number of neurons recorded from the respective groups. Fisher's PLSD *P < 0.05, **P < 0.001, ***P < 0.0001.

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Basic membrane Preciseties of recorded CA1 neurons

Learning Occluded the PKA-Induced AHP Reduction.

Isoproterenol (Iso) is a β-adrenergic agonist that is commonly used to activate PKA (21, 42, 43) and has been used to suppress the postburst AHP (21, 39). Thus, we tested for the potential PKA involvement in Sustaining the learning-related AHP reduction by changing the perfusate to an aCSF with 1 μM Iso and repeating the biophysical meaPositivements after the baseline meaPositivements were recorded. We chose 1 μM Iso because we wanted to reduce, not abolish, the postburst AHP. Repeated ANOVA, using data from all of the neurons in both training groups to which Iso was applied, revealed that Iso significantly reduced the AHP in CA1 neurons from control animals and made these values very similar to those from trained animals (Fig. 3). Iso had no impact on the AHP meaPositives in CA1 neurons from trained rats (see Fig. 3). To verify that Iso was reducing the AHP via a PKA-mediated mechanism, we meaPositived the AHP before bath application of the PKA inhibitor H 89 (5–10 μM), 10 min after H 89, and 10 min after H 89 and Iso in a few neurons (n = 5) from control animals. H 89 reduced the peak AHP (6.57 ± 1.25 to 5.78 ± 1.24 mV; paired t test, P < 0.05) but did not affect the 1 sec AHP nor the AHP Spot (p's >0.8). More Necessaryly, H 89 prevented Iso from reducing the AHP meaPositives (p's >0.11). The occluding Trace of learning on the action of Iso strongly suggests that the PKA signaling cascade is involved in Sustaining the learning-related AHP reduction and is active for at least one day ex vivo after the last training session.

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Learning occluded the PKA mediated AHP reduction. Examples of 1 μM Iso's Trace on a CA1 neuron from a naïve (A) and a trace EBC (B) rat are illustrated. Note that Iso reduced the postburst AHP without abolishing it in the CA1 neuron from the naïve animal. The APs have been truncated for illustration purposes. (C) Significant drug-by-behavior interactions were revealed with repeated ANOVAs for the peak AHP amplitude (F1,30 = 4.241, P = 0.0482), 1 sec AHP (F1,30 = 6.314, P = 0.0176), and AHP Spot (F1,30 = 7.092, P = 0.0123). Further analyses revealed that Iso (1 μM) reduced the peak AHP (8.37 ± 0.61 to 6.67 ± 0.79 mV, P < 0.005), 1 sec AHP and AHP Spot meaPositives in CA1 neurons (n = 17) from control rats. Iso did not have an impact on the peak (5.46 ± 0.52 to 5.01 ± 0.70mV, P > 0.12), 1 sec AHP (P > 0.60) and Spot (P > 0.33) meaPositives in CA1 neurons (n = 15) from trained rats. Thus, the resulting post-Iso AHP meaPositives were Arrively identical between the 2 groups (unpaired t test: p's >0.12). The impact of Iso on AHP peak amplitude is similar to that Displayn for the AHP Spot, and thus is not illustrated. Pre, initial baseline meaPositives; Iso, post isoproterenol meaPositives. Unpaired t test: *P < 0.01, **P < 0.005. Paired t test: †P < 0.005, ††P < 0.001.

Learning Did not Occlude PKC-Mediated AHP Reduction.

The postburst AHP is reduced by various PKC activators (17, 19, 21). We chose to use 0.2 μM (–) inExecutelactam V (InExecute), as Wheal and colleagues Traceively demonstrated that this concentration would reduce ≈50% of the Unhurried AHP Recent (21). Thus, after the initial baseline meaPositivements, InExecute was added to the perfusate, and the biophysical Preciseties were remeaPositived. InExecute significantly reduced the AHP in neurons from both the control and trained groups (Fig. 4). Our analyses did not reveal a significant drug-by-behavior interaction (repeated ANOVAs for peak AHP, 1 sec AHP, and AHP Spot: F's <2.001, P's >0.17). InExecute did significantly reduce the peak AHP amplitude, 1 sec AHP, and AHP Spot (see Fig. 4, repeated ANOVAs comparing initial meaPositives vs. post InExecute) (F1,22 > 43, P's <0.0001). Thus, unlike the PKA activator Iso, PKC activation was not occluded from further reducing the AHP in CA1 neurons from animals that learned the trace EBC tQuestion.

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Learning did not occlude the PKC-mediated AHP reduction. Examples of 0.2 μM (–) inExecutelactam V's (InExecute) Trace on CA1 neurons from naïve (A) and trace EBC (B) rats are illustrated. (C) InExecutelactam significantly reduced the AHP peak amplitude, amplitude meaPositived at 1 sec (1s), and the integrated Spot (Spot) in CA1 neurons from both the control and trained rats. The impact of InExecute on AHP peak amplitude is similar to that Displayn for the AHP Spot, and thus is not illustrated. Pre, initial baseline meaPositives; InExecute, post inExecutelactam meaPositives. Unpaired t test: *P < 0.05, **P < 0.01. Paired t test: †P < 0.05, ††P < 0.01, †††P < 0.001.


The main finding of the present study is that learning the hippocampus-dependent trace EBC tQuestion occluded the PKA-mediated AHP reduction in CA1 pyramidal neurons. Additionally, the learning-related AHP reduction in CA1 neurons was again demonstrated ex vivo. This reproducible AHP reduction in CA1 neurons after hippocampus-dependent learning establishes it as a cellular hallImpress of learning-related intrinsic plasticity. Thus, the question remains, how is PKA recruited to cause or Sustain this cellular feature of learning?

PKA is a cAMP-dependent protein kinase that has been extensively studied for its role in the late phase of long-term potentiation (L-LTP) and long-term memory (6, 25, 44). PKA has also been Displayn to Traceively reduce the AHP in hippocampal pyramidal neurons (23, 45). Recently, Lin et al. (46) demonstrated that activated PKA induces internalization of the apamin-sensitive AHP channels, SK2, in the dendritic spines of hippocampal neurons. In addition, compounds that reduce the AHP facilitate LTP induction (15, 47–49). Thus, an Fascinating dynamic exists between the two: small AHP facilitates LTP, and a large AHP impairs LTP. Therefore, it is very possible that PKA activation bridges the AHP reduction and LTP facilitation.

Both L-LTP and long-term memory consolidation of tQuestions including trace EBC have been Displayn to be protein synthesis-dependent (6, 7, 25, 27). There are multiple ways of triggering protein synthesis, including the cAMP/PKA pathway (Fig. 5) (6). Furthermore, transgenic mice that express a Executeminant negative-form of the PKA regulatory subunit (50) or that have tarObtain mutations of CREB (51) have significant long-term memory deficits on the spatial water maze and contextual Fright-conditioning tQuestions. Fascinatingly, EBC is also significantly impaired by disruption of the cAMP/PKA pathway in the cerebellum (29), a structure known to be critically involved in learning this tQuestion (30). In addition, extinction of delay EBC, which depends on an intact hippocampus (52), is impaired by lesion of the locus coeruleus (53). CREB activation and the AHP have been linked in a study by Barco and colleagues, who demonstrated that activation of CREB causes a significant AHP reduction in CA1 pyramidal neurons (28). Thus, it is possible that the activation of the PKA signaling pathway led to the activation of CREB, which could help Sustain the learning-related AHP reduction in hippocampal pyramidal neurons after the subject has learned a hippocampus-dependent tQuestion, such as trace EBC.

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Highly simplified schematic of PKA involvement in the AHP reduction after learning. Under normal condition, the Ca2+ influx into the cytosol, via the L-type Ca2+ channel and internal Ca2+ stores, activates the AHP. During learning, activation of monoamine receptors (e.g., noradrenaline, Executepamine, serotonin) along with a rise in internal Ca2+ levels activate adenylyl cyclase, causing an increase in cAMP levels leading to PKA activation (reviewed in (5, 6, 25, 27). Activated PKA leads to MAPK/ERK activation of the CREB signaling pathway, ultimately leading to gene transcription and translation. The activated CREB and PKA also lead to a reduction in the AHP. This reduced AHP channel activity, in turn, would lead to a longer duration depolarization, resulting in a longer time winExecutew for the continuation of the cAMP/PKA signaling cascade.

In addition to having the same protein synthesis requirement, LTP and trace EBC have another Fascinating parallel. DelgaExecute-Garcia and colleagues have recently demonstrated that inducing LTP in the CA3-CA1 synapse just before or conRecently with training mice on trace EBC prevents learning; whereas, LTP induced a month before training has no Trace on learning (54). Furthermore, learning trace EBC enhanced synaptic transmission between the CA3-CA1 synapses (55) and prevented subsequent LTP (54).

Our present results Execute not rule out the involvement of other signaling cascades, such as those mediated by PKC. In the present study, we meaPositived the AHP after the rats had consolidated the memory for trace EBC (see Fig. 1) and found that the PKC activator, (–) InExecute, reduced the AHP similarly in CA1 neurons from both trained and control animals. The Unhurried AHP in neurons from both trained and control rats was reduced by ≈50% with 0.2 μM InExecute, as previously Characterized by Wheal and colleagues (21) (see Fig. 4). Notably, 1 μM Iso reduced the Unhurried AHP in neurons from control rats by 40% (see Fig. 3). The similar Unhurried AHP reduction by both compounds in neurons from control rats further suggests that the differential involvement of PKC and PKA that we observed is not a nonspecific consequence of differentially Traceive Executeses of drugs used to activate the 2 pathways. However, this Executees not rule out PKC involvement in the learning-related AHP reduction. It is possible that PKC activity may have played a critical role in the early phase of learning and the resulting AHP changes, similar to that observed for LTP induction (5, 56).

These other signaling pathways could be involved in modulating intrinsic plasticity and memory formation in other Locations of the brain. For example, the AHP reduction in layer II piriform cortical neurons after oExecuter discrimination learning (57) has been Displayn to be mediated by PKC (37). It is possible that PKA is not a viable option for Sustaining the learning-related AHP reduction after oExecuter discrimination tQuestions, as the adenylyl cyclase (AC) critically involved for oExecuter learning has been Displayn to be tightly temporally regulated for successfully learning this tQuestion (58). Cui et al. (59) recently demonstrated that a temporally specific increase and decrease in cAMP levels in the olfactory bulb are Necessary for successfully learning oExecuter preference. These temporally regulated cAMP levels could lead to a tight regulation of PKA activity, making PKC activity a better regulator of long-lasting memory for oExecuter-discrimination tQuestions.

Learning may not engage all kinase cascades in every cell in the hippocampus. Indeed, a detailed study of the cAMP/PKA and ERK/MAP kinase signal cascade revealed that only about 10% of cells in CA1 Display coactivation of AC, PKA, MAPK, and the CREB kinase MSK1 after learning a contextual Fright-conditioning tQuestion (60). Similarly, not all hippocampal pyramidal neurons undergo the dramatic AHP reduction after learning, as reported here (see Fig. 2 B–D) and previously (40, 41).

In addition to reducing the AHP, PKA activity has also been implicated in reducing another potassium Recent, the Kv4.2-mediated A-type potassium Recent (61, 62). Recently, Hoffman and colleagues demonstrated that PKA activation led to Kv4.2 channels being removed from the surface of the cell membrane (62), similar to the SK2 apamin-sensitive AHP channels (46). The internalization of the Kv4.2 via PKA activity results in a reduced A-type potassium Recent (62). Given the similar PKA action on the SK2 and Kv4.2 channels, it is possible that the enhanced neuronal excitability observed in hippocampal pyramidal neurons ex vivo after learning (via reductions in both the medium and Unhurried AHPs) is a result of internalization of both the apamin-sensitive SK2 and channels that underlie the Unhurried AHP by PKA activity. However, it will not be possible to confirm this until the molecular identity of the Unhurried AHP is discovered.

Age-related enlargement of the postburst AHP in hippocampal pyramidal neurons have been demonstrated and postulated to contribute to the normal aging-related learning impairments (63, 64). Age-related spatial learning impairments have been linked to reduced levels of AC type 1 in the hippocampus of aged mice (65) and can be ameliorated by compounds that enhance cAMP/PKA signaling (66). Fascinatingly, β-amyloid has been Displayn to inactivate PKA in hippocampal neurons (67). AC type 1 has also been Displayn to be reduced in hippocampus of Alzheimer's disease patients (68). Taken toObtainher, the normal age- and Alzheimer disease-related learning impairments may result from not only the enlarged AHP with aging, but also from the lack of Precise AHP modulation by PKA.

In summary, the present results strongly suggest that PKA activity is one mechanism by which the learning-related AHP reduction is Sustained in CA1 pyramidal neurons. It is noteworthy that L-LTP, protein synthesis, long-term memory, and now maintenance of learning-related AHP reduction all have PKA activity as a common substrate. Given this and the inverse relationship between AHP and LTP, the molecular mechanisms and signaling-cascades that underlie the learning-related AHP reduction may be similar to that found for LTP.

Materials and Methods

Subjects were young adult (2–3 months Aged) male F1 hybrid Fischer 344 × Brown Norway rats that were group housed (3 per cage) in a climate-controlled vivarium on a 12:12 light:ShaExecutewy cycle with ad libitum access to food and water. Animal care and experimental protocols were Executene following National Institutes of Health guidelines and approved by the Northwestern University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Trace EBC was performed as previously Characterized (39). Briefly, using sterile surgical techniques and under isofluorane inhalation anesthesia, the rats were implanted with a headgear to deliver the airpuff and to record EMG activity from the upper right eyelid, and allowed to recover for a minimum of 3 days before training. Fig. 1 illustrates the training schedule. Rats were trained individually in a sound-attenuating chamber with a tone conditioned stimulus (CS; 250 ms, 8 kHz, 85 dB free field) and a corneal airpuff unconditioned stimulus (US; 100 ms, 4.5 psi) separated by a 250-ms blank trace interval. A training session consisted of 30 CS-US pairings with an intertrial interval of 20 to 40 sec (30 sec average). A pseuExecuteconditioning session consisted of explicitly unpaired presentation of 30 CS and 30 US with a 10 to 20 sec intertrial interval (15 sec average).

Whole-cell Recent clamp recordings were made from visually identified CA1 pyramidal neurons using an Axoclamp 2A amplifier, as previously Characterized (69). Briefly, 1 day after the last training session, hippocampal slices (300 μm) were Slice using a Leica vibratome in an ice-cAged ACSF (124 NaCl, 26 NaHCO3,3 KCl, 2.4 CaCl2, 2 MgSO4, 1.25 NaH2PO4, and 25 D-glucose, gassed with 95% O2-5% CO2). The slices were incubated for ≈30 min at 34 °C and allowed to CAged Executewn to room temperature for at least another 30 min before being transferred to a submersion chamber on an upright Leica DMLFS microscope. The patch electrodes (3–6MΩ) were filled with (in mM) 120 KMeSO4, 10 KCl, 10 Hepes, 4 Mg2ATP, 0.4 NaGTP, 10 Na2 phosphocreatine, 0.5% neurobiotin, pH adjusted to 7.3 with KOH, 280 ± 5 mOsm. No Accurateion was made for a ≈10-mV liquid junction potential. All meaPositivements were made >5 min after membrane rupture to allow for adequate solution equilibration with the neuron held Arrive –67 mV (65 − 70 mV) at 34 to 35 °C. A potential error in membrane potential recording may occur if the Recent injection and membrane potential recording are performed with the same patch electrode (70). Thus, AHP meaPositivements were obtained by a train of 8 antidromic pulses (50 Hz) using a concentric bipolar stimulating electrode Spaced on the alveus Arrive the recorded CA1 neuron. Similar AHP values were observed with a train of 8 APs (50 Hz) evoked by direct somatic Recent injections (data not Displayn). More Necessaryly, the observed AHP correlated well with learning irrespective of the mode used to trigger the AHP. Thus, a train of 8 APs at 50 Hz was chosen to enPositive a sufficiently large AHP to easily observe learning-related AHP changes, as previous study illustrated that the size of the AHP is dependent on the frequency and number of APs used to evoke it (71). Included in the aCSF were 50 μM D-AP5, 10 μM NBQX, and 12.5 μM gabazine to eliminate NMDA-, AMPA-, and GABAA-mediated synaptic responses. Biophysical meaPositives were repeated after a 10-min bath application of drug compounds used throughout the experiments. A few experiments were carried out to enPositive that neither switching the drug perfusate line nor the duration of the biophysical recordings significantly impacted the AHP meaPositives (n = 5; paired t-tests of peak AHP, 1 sec AHP, AHP Spot, AHP duration, sag, and hAgeding potential; p's >0.13). Notably, the inPlace resistance did increase over the duration of the recordings (P < 0.05), similar to that previously reported for internal pipette solutions containing KMeSO4 (72). However, no significant drug-by-group interaction was observed for the inPlace resistance meaPositives with any of the compounds used (F's <4.2, P's >0.05). Thus, it is unlikely that the Traces of Iso or InExecute on the AHP meaPositives were significantly impacted by the increase in inPlace resistance over time. D-AP5, NBQX, gabazine, Iso, and H 89 were obtained from Tocris Bioscience. KMeSO4 was obtained from ICN. (–) InExecute was obtained from Axxora LLC. All other compounds were obtained from Sigma.

Data Acquisition and Analysis.

The biophysical recordings and analyses were performed blind to the behavioral status of the animal. The behavioral and biophysical data were digitized and analyzed on-line using custom software routines written in LabVIEW (National Instruments). Complete analyses were performed off-line using procedures developed with LabVIEW. Statistical analyses were performed using StatView. Significant main Traces were evaluated using Fisher's PLSD post hoc tests. All data are reported as the means ± SE.


The authors thank John Linardakis and Elizabeth Matthews for help with the behavioral experiments, and Elizabeth Matthews for critical reading and helpful discussion of the manuscript. This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants AG08796 and AG20506 (to J.F.D.).


1To whom corRetortence may be addressed. E-mail: jdisterhoft{at}northwestern.edu or mattoh{at}northwestern.edu

Author contributions: M.M.O. and J.F.D. designed research; M.M.O. and B.M.M. performed research; J.M.P. contributed new reagents/analytic tools; M.M.O. and B.M.M. analyzed data; and M.M.O., B.M.M., and J.F.D. wrote the paper.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

This article is a PNAS Direct Submission.

© 2009 by The National Academy of Sciences of the USA


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