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PLoS One. 2014 Aug 22;9(8):e105941. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105941. eCollection 2014.

Optogenetic recruitment of dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons acutely decreases mechanosensory responsivity in behaving mice.

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1
Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal; Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) UMR8197, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) U1024, Paris, France.
2
Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal; MTA-SZTE Research Group for Cortical Microcircuits, Department of Physiology, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.
3
Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal.
4
Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) UMR8197, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) U1024, Paris, France.

Abstract

The inhibition of sensory responsivity is considered a core serotonin function, yet this hypothesis lacks direct support due to methodological obstacles. We adapted an optogenetic approach to induce acute, robust and specific firing of dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons. In vitro, the responsiveness of individual dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons to trains of light pulses varied with frequency and intensity as well as between cells, and the photostimulation protocol was therefore adjusted to maximize their overall output rate. In vivo, the photoactivation of dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons gave rise to a prominent light-evoked field response that displayed some sensitivity to a 5-HT1A agonist, consistent with autoreceptor inhibition of raphe neurons. In behaving mice, the photostimulation of dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons produced a rapid and reversible decrease in the animals' responses to plantar stimulation, providing a new level of evidence that serotonin gates sensory-driven responses.

PMID:
25148042
PMCID:
PMC4141837
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0105941
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