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Nat Neurosci. 2017 Oct;20(10):1377-1383. doi: 10.1038/nn.4624. Epub 2017 Aug 21.

Selective inhibitory control of pyramidal neuron ensembles and cortical subnetworks by chandelier cells.

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1
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA.
2
Program in Neuroscience and Medical Scientist Training Program, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA.
3
Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.

Abstract

The neocortex comprises multiple information processing streams mediated by subsets of glutamatergic pyramidal cells (PCs) that receive diverse inputs and project to distinct targets. How GABAergic interneurons regulate the segregation and communication among intermingled PC subsets that contribute to separate brain networks remains unclear. Here we demonstrate that a subset of GABAergic chandelier cells (ChCs) in the prelimbic cortex, which innervate PCs at spike initiation site, selectively control PCs projecting to the basolateral amygdala (BLAPC) compared to those projecting to contralateral cortex (CCPC). These ChCs in turn receive preferential input from local and contralateral CCPCs as opposed to BLAPCs and BLA neurons (the prelimbic cortex-BLA network). Accordingly, optogenetic activation of ChCs rapidly suppresses BLAPCs and BLA activity in freely behaving mice. Thus, the exquisite connectivity of ChCs not only mediates directional inhibition between local PC ensembles but may also shape communication hierarchies between global networks.

PMID:
28825718
PMCID:
PMC5614838
DOI:
10.1038/nn.4624
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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