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Science. 2016 Sep 16;353(6305):1280-3. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf3319.

Awake hippocampal reactivations project onto orthogonal neuronal assemblies.

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INMED, INSERM U901, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France.
INMED, INSERM U901, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France.


The chained activation of neuronal assemblies is thought to support major cognitive processes, including memory. In the hippocampus, this is observed during population bursts often associated with sharp-wave ripples, in the form of an ordered reactivation of neurons. However, the organization and lifetime of these assemblies remain unknown. We used calcium imaging to map patterns of synchronous neuronal activation in the CA1 region of awake mice during runs on a treadmill. The patterns were composed of the recurring activation of anatomically intermingled, but functionally orthogonal, assemblies. These assemblies reactivated discrete temporal segments of neuronal sequences observed during runs and could be stable across consecutive days. A binding of these assemblies into longer chains revealed temporally ordered replay. These modules may represent the default building blocks for encoding or retrieving experience.

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