Developmental onset of enduring long-term potentiation in mouse hippocampus.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Analysis of long-term potentiation (LTP) provides a powerful window into cellular mechanisms of learning and memory. Prior work shows late LTP (L-LTP), lasting >3 hr, occurs abruptly at postnatal day 12 (P12) in the stratum radiatum of rat hippocampal area CA1. The goal here was to determine the developmental profile of synaptic plasticity leading to L-LTP in the mouse hippocampus. Two mouse strains and two mutations known to affect synaptic plasticity were chosen: C57BL/6J and Fmr1-/y on the C57BL/6J background, and 129SVE and Hevin-/- (Sparcl1-/- ) on the 129SVE background. Like rats, hippocampal slices from all of the mice showed test pulse-induced depression early during development that was gradually resolved with maturation by 5 weeks. All the mouse strains showed a gradual progression between P10-P35 in the expression of short-term potentiation (STP), lasting ≤1 hr. In the 129SVE mice, L-LTP onset (>25% of slices) occurred by 3 weeks, reliable L-LTP (>50% slices) was achieved by 4 weeks, and Hevin-/- advanced this profile by 1 week. In the C57BL/6J mice, L-LTP onset occurred significantly later, over 3-4 weeks, and reliability was not achieved until 5 weeks. Although some of the Fmr1-/y mice showed L-LTP before 3 weeks, reliable L-LTP also was not achieved until 5 weeks. L-LTP onset was not advanced in any of the mouse genotypes by multiple bouts of theta-burst stimulation at 90 or 180 min intervals. These findings show important species differences in the onset of STP and L-LTP, which occur at the same age in rats but are sequentially acquired in mice.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ostrovskaya, OI; Cao, G; Eroglu, C; Harris, KM

Published Date

  • December 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1298 - 1312

PubMed ID

  • 32894631

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8359899

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-1063

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/hipo.23257


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States