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100 publications

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Les IF indiqués ont été collectés par le Web of Sciences en Juin 2021

03/2021 | Nat Neurosci   IF 24.9
Reactive astrocyte nomenclature, definitions, and future directions.
Escartin C, Galea E, Lakatos A, O'Callaghan JP, Petzold GC, Serrano-Pozo A, Steinhauser C, Volterra A, Carmignoto G, Agarwal A, Allen NJ, Araque A, Barbeito L, Barzilai A, Bergles DE, Bonvento G, Butt AM, Chen WT, Cohen-Salmon M, Cunningham C, Deneen B, De Strooper B, Diaz-Castro B, Farina C, Freeman M, Gallo V, Goldman JE, Goldman SA, Gotz M, Gutierrez A, Haydon PG, Heiland DH, Hol EM, Holt MG, Iino M, Kastanenka KV, Kettenmann H, Khakh BS, Koizumi S, Lee CJ, Liddelow SA, MacVicar BA, Magistretti P, Messing A, Mishra A, Molofsky AV, Murai KK, Norris CM, Okada S, Oliet SHR, Oliveira JF, Panatier A, Parpura V, Pekna M, Pekny M, Pellerin L, Perea G, Perez-Nievas BG, Pfrieger FW, Poskanzer KE, Quintana FJ, Ransohoff RM, Riquelme-Perez M, Robel S, Rose CR, Rothstein JD, Rouach N, Rowitch DH, Semyanov A, Sirko S, Sontheimer H, Swanson RA, Vitorica J, Wanner IB, Wood LB, Wu J, Zheng B, Zimmer ER, Zorec R, Sofroniew MV, Verkhratsky A

Reactive astrocytes are astrocytes undergoing morphological, molecular, and functional remodeling in response to injury, disease, or infection of the CNS. Although this remodeling was first described over a century ago, uncertainties and controversies remain regarding the contribution of reactive astrocytes to CNS diseases, repair, and aging. It is also unclear whether fixed categories of reactive astrocytes exist and, if so, how to identify them. We point out the shortcomings of binary divisions of reactive astrocytes into good-vs-bad, neurotoxic-vs-neuroprotective or A1-vs-A2. We advocate, instead, that research on reactive astrocytes include assessment of multiple molecular and functional parameters-preferably in vivo-plus multivariate statistics and determination of impact on pathological hallmarks in relevant models. These guidelines may spur the discovery of astrocyte-based biomarkers as well as astrocyte-targeting therapies that abrogate detrimental actions of reactive astrocytes, potentiate their neuro- and glioprotective actions, and restore or augment their homeostatic, modulatory, and defensive functions.

21/09/2020 | Neuron   IF 14.4
LTP Induction Boosts Glutamate Spillover by Driving Withdrawal of Perisynaptic Astroglia.
Henneberger C*, Bard L*, Panatier A*, Reynolds JP, Kopach O, Medvedev NI, Minge D, Herde MK, Anders S, Kraev I, Heller JP, Rama S, Zheng K, Jensen TP, Sanchez-Romero I, Jackson CJ, Janovjak H, Ottersen OP, Nagelhus EA, Oliet SHR, Stewart MG*, Nagerl V*, Rusakov DA*

Extrasynaptic actions of glutamate are limited by high-affinity transporters expressed by perisynaptic astroglial processes (PAPs): this helps maintain point-to-point transmission in excitatory circuits. Memory formation in the brain is associated with synaptic remodeling, but how this affects PAPs and therefore extrasynaptic glutamate actions is poorly understood. Here, we used advanced imaging methods, in situ and in

18/05/2020 | Nat Commun   IF 12.1
Author Correction: Structural basis of astrocytic Ca(2+) signals at tripartite synapses.
Arizono M, Inavalli VVGK, Panatier A, Pfeiffer T, Angibaud J, Levet F, Veer MJTT, Stobart J, Bellocchio L, Mikoshiba K, Marsicano G, Weber B, Oliet SHR, Nagerl UV

An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via a link at the top of the paper.

20/04/2020 | Nat Commun   IF 12.1
Structural basis of astrocytic Ca(2+) signals at tripartite synapses.
Arizono M, Inavalli VVGK, Panatier A, Pfeiffer T, Angibaud J, Levet F, Ter Veer MJT, Stobart J, Bellocchio L, Mikoshiba K, Marsicano G, Weber B, Oliet SHR, Nagerl UV

Astrocytic Ca(2+) signals can be fast and local, supporting the idea that astrocytes have the ability to regulate single synapses. However, the anatomical basis of such specific signaling remains unclear, owing to difficulties in resolving the spongiform domain of astrocytes where most tripartite synapses are located. Using 3D-STED microscopy in living organotypic brain slices, we imaged the spongiform domain of astrocytes and observed a reticular meshwork of nodes and shafts that often formed loop-like structures. These anatomical features were also observed in acute hippocampal slices and in barrel cortex in vivo. The majority of dendritic spines were contacted by nodes and their sizes were correlated. FRAP experiments and Ca(2+) imaging showed that nodes were biochemical compartments and Ca(2+) microdomains. Mapping astrocytic Ca(2+) signals onto STED images of nodes and dendritic spines showed they were associated with individual synapses. Here, we report on the nanoscale organization of astrocytes, identifying nodes as a functional astrocytic component of tripartite synapses that may enable synapse-specific communication between neurons and astrocytes.

03/03/2020 | Cell Metab   IF 21.6
Impairment of Glycolysis-Derived l-Serine Production in Astrocytes Contributes to Cognitive Deficits in Alzheimer's Disease.
Le Douce J, Maugard M, Veran J, Matos M, Jego P, Vigneron PA, Faivre E, Toussay X, Vandenberghe M, Balbastre Y, Piquet J, Guiot E, Tran NT, Taverna M, Marinesco S, Koyanagi A, Furuya S, Gaudin-Guerif M, Goutal S, Ghettas A, Pruvost A, Bemelmans AP, Gaillard MC, Cambon K, Stimmer L, Sazdovitch V, Duyckaerts C, Knott G, Herard AS, Delzescaux T, Hantraye P, Brouillet E, Cauli B, Oliet SHR, Panatier A, Bonvento G

Alteration of brain aerobic glycolysis is often observed early in the course of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Whether and how such metabolic dysregulation contributes to both synaptic plasticity and behavioral deficits in AD is not known. Here, we show that the astrocytic l-serine biosynthesis pathway, which branches from glycolysis, is impaired in young AD mice and in AD patients. l-serine is the precursor of d-serine, a co-agonist of synaptic NMDA receptors (NMDARs) required for synaptic plasticity. Accordingly, AD mice display a lower occupancy of the NMDAR co-agonist site as well as synaptic and behavioral deficits. Similar deficits are observed following inactivation of the l-serine synthetic pathway in hippocampal astrocytes, supporting the key role of astrocytic l-serine. Supplementation with l-serine in the diet prevents both synaptic and behavioral deficits in AD mice. Our findings reveal that astrocytic glycolysis controls cognitive functions and suggest oral l-serine as a ready-to-use therapy for AD.

25/06/2019 | Cell Rep   IF 7.8
Aquaporin-4 Surface Trafficking Regulates Astrocytic Process Motility and Synaptic Activity in Health and Autoimmune Disease.
Ciappelloni S, Bouchet D, Dubourdieu N, Boue-Grabot E, Kellermayer B, Manso C, Marignier R, Oliet SHR, Tourdias T, Groc L

Astrocytes constantly adapt their ramified morphology in order to support brain cell assemblies. Such plasticity is partly mediated by ion and water fluxes, which rely on the water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4). The mechanism by which this channel locally contributes to process dynamics has remained elusive. Using a combination of single-molecule and calcium imaging approaches, we here investigated in hippocampal astrocytes the dynamic distribution of the AQP4 isoforms M1 and M23. Surface AQP4-M1 formed small aggregates that contrast with the large AQP4-M23 clusters that are enriched near glutamatergic synapses. Strikingly, stabilizing surface AQP4-M23 tuned the motility of astrocyte processes and favors glutamate synapse activity. Furthermore, human autoantibodies directed against AQP4 from neuromyelitis optica (NMO) patients impaired AQP4-M23 dynamic distribution and, consequently, astrocyte process and synaptic activity. Collectively, it emerges that the membrane dynamics of AQP4 isoform regulate brain cell assemblies in health and autoimmune brain disease targeting AQP4.

20/12/2018 | j neuroinflammation   IF 5.2
Sequential alteration of microglia and astrocytes in the rat thalamus following spinal nerve ligation.
Blaszczyk L, Maitre M, Leste-Lasserre T, Clark S, Cota D, Oliet SHR, Fenelon VS

BACKGROUND: Spinal reactive astrocytes and microglia are known to participate to the initiation and maintenance of neuropathic pain. However, whether reactive astrocytes and microglia in thalamic nuclei that process sensory-discriminative aspects of pain play a role in pain behavior remains poorly investigated. Therefore, the present study evaluated whether the presence of reactive glia (hypertrophy, increased number and upregulation of glial markers) in the ventral posterolateral thalamic nucleus (VPL) correlates with pain symptoms, 14 and 28 days after unilateral L5/L6 spinal nerve ligation (SNL) in rats. METHODS: Mechanical allodynia and hyperalgesia (von Frey filament stimulation) as well as ambulatory pain (dynamic weight bearing apparatus) were assessed. Levels of nine glial transcripts were determined by quantitative real-time PCR on laser microdissected thalamic nuclei, and levels of proteins were assessed by Western blot. We also studied by immunohistofluorescence the expression of glial markers that label processes (GFAP for astrocytes and iba-1 for microglia) and cell body (S100beta for astrocytes and iba-1 for microglia) and quantified the immunostained surface and the number of astrocytes and microglia (conventional counts and optical dissector method of stereological counting). RESULTS: Differential, time-dependent responses were observed concerning microglia and astrocytes. Specifically, at day 14, iba-1 immunostained area and number of iba-1 immunopositive cells were decreased in the VPL of SNL as compared to naive rats. By contrast, at day 28, GFAP-immunostained area was increased in the VPL of SNL as compared to naive rats while number of GFAP/S100beta immunopositive cells remained unchanged. Using quantitative real-time PCR of laser microdissected VPL, we found a sequential increase in mRNA expression of cathepsin S (day 14), fractalkine (day 28), and fractalkine receptor (day 14), three well-known markers of microglial reactivity. Using Western blot, we confirmed an increase in protein expression of fractalkine receptor at day 14. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate a sequential alteration of microglia and astrocytes in the thalamus of animals with lesioned peripheral nerves. Furthermore, our data report unprecedented concomitant molecular signs of microglial activation and morphological signs of microglial decline in the thalamus of these animals.

16/10/2018 | Acta Neuropathol Commun   IF 5.4
Modulation of astrocyte reactivity improves functional deficits in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease.
Ceyzeriat K, Ben Haim L, Denizot A, Pommier D, Matos M, Guillemaud O, Palomares MA, Abjean L, Petit F, Gipchtein P, Gaillard MC, Guillermier M, Bernier S, Gaudin M, Auregan G, Josephine C, Dechamps N, Veran J, Langlais V, Cambon K, Bemelmans AP, Baijer J, Bonvento G, Dhenain M, Deleuze JF, Oliet SHR, Brouillet E, Hantraye P, Carrillo-de Sauvage MA, Olaso R, Panatier A, Escartin C

Astrocyte reactivity and neuroinflammation are hallmarks of CNS pathological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. However, the specific role of reactive astrocytes is still debated. This controversy may stem from the fact that most strategies used to modulate astrocyte reactivity and explore its contribution to disease outcomes have only limited specificity. Moreover, reactive astrocytes are now emerging as heterogeneous cells and all types of astrocyte reactivity may not be controlled efficiently by such strategies.Here, we used cell type-specific approaches in vivo and identified the JAK2-STAT3 pathway, as necessary and sufficient for the induction and maintenance of astrocyte reactivity. Modulation of this cascade by viral gene transfer in mouse astrocytes efficiently controlled several morphological and molecular features of reactivity. Inhibition of this pathway in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease improved three key pathological hallmarks by reducing amyloid deposition, improving spatial learning and restoring synaptic deficits.In conclusion, the JAK2-STAT3 cascade operates as a master regulator of astrocyte reactivity in vivo. Its inhibition offers new therapeutic opportunities for Alzheimer's disease.

06/06/2018 | Neuron   IF 14.3
Astroglial CB1 Receptors Determine Synaptic D-Serine Availability to Enable Recognition Memory.
Robin LM*, Cruz J*, Oliveira da Cruz JF, Langlais VC, Martin-Fernandez M, Metna-Laurent M, Busquets-Garcia A, Bellocchio L, Soria-Gomez E, Papouin T, Varilh M, Sherwood MW, Belluomo I, Balcells G, Matias I, Bosier B, Drago F, Van Eeckhaut A, Smolders I, Georges F, Araque A, Panatier A, Oliet SHR*, Marsicano G*

Bidirectional communication between neurons and astrocytes shapes synaptic plasticity and behavior. D-serine is a necessary co-agonist of synaptic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs), but the physiological factors regulating its impact on memory processes are scantly known. We show that astroglial CB1 receptors are key determinants of object recognition memory by determining the availability of D-serine at hippocampal synapses. Mutant mice lacking CB1 receptors from astroglial cells (GFAP-CB1-KO) displayed impaired object recognition memory and decreased in vivo and in vitro long-term potentiation (LTP) at CA3-CA1 hippocampal synapses. Activation of CB1 receptors increased intracellular astroglial Ca(2+) levels and extracellular levels of D-serine in hippocampal slices. Accordingly, GFAP-CB1-KO displayed lower occupancy of the co-agonist binding site of synaptic hippocampal NMDARs. Finally, elevation of D-serine levels fully rescued LTP and memory impairments of GFAP-CB1-KO mice. These data reveal a novel mechanism of in vivo astroglial control of memory and synaptic plasticity via the D-serine-dependent control of NMDARs.

02/03/2018 | Sci Rep   IF 4.1
Metabolic Reprogramming in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Szelechowski M, Amoedo N, Obre E, Leger C, Allard L, Bonneu M, Claverol S, Lacombe D, Oliet S, Chevallier S, Le Masson G, Rossignol R

Mitochondrial dysfunction in the spinal cord is a hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but the neurometabolic alterations during early stages of the disease remain unknown. Here, we investigated the bioenergetic and proteomic changes in ALS mouse motor neurons and patients' skin fibroblasts. We first observed that SODG93A mice presymptomatic motor neurons display alterations in the coupling efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation, along with fragmentation of the mitochondrial network. The proteome of presymptomatic ALS mice motor neurons also revealed a peculiar metabolic signature with upregulation of most energy-transducing enzymes, including the fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and the ketogenic components HADHA and ACAT2, respectively. Accordingly, FAO inhibition altered cell viability specifically in ALS mice motor neurons, while uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) inhibition recovered cellular ATP levels and mitochondrial network morphology. These findings suggest a novel hypothesis of ALS bioenergetics linking FAO and UCP2. Lastly, we provide a unique set of data comparing the molecular alterations found in human ALS patients' skin fibroblasts and SODG93A mouse motor neurons, revealing conserved changes in protein translation, folding and assembly, tRNA aminoacylation and cell adhesion processes.

30/01/2018 | Neuroimage   IF 5.4
Deciphering the microstructure of hippocampal subfields with in vivo DTI and NODDI: Applications to experimental multiple sclerosis.
Crombe A, Planche V, Raffard G, Bourel J, Dubourdieu N, Panatier A, Fukutomi H, Dousset V, Oliet S, Hiba B, Tourdias T

The hippocampus contains distinct populations of neurons organized into separate anatomical subfields and layers with differential vulnerability to pathological mechanisms. The ability of in vivo neuroimaging to pinpoint regional vulnerability is especially important for better understanding of hippocampal pathology at the early stage of neurodegenerative disorders and for monitoring future therapeutic strategies. This is the case for instance in multiple sclerosis whose neurodegenerative component can affect the hippocampus from the early stage. We challenged the capacity of two models, i.e. the classical diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) model and the neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) model, to compute quantitative diffusion MRI that could capture microstructural alterations in the individual hippocampal layers of experimental-autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) mice, the animal model of multiple sclerosis. To achieve this, the hippocampal anatomy of a healthy mouse brain was first explored ex vivo with high resolution DTI and NODDI. Then, 18 EAE mice and 18 control mice were explored 20 days after immunization with in vivo diffusion MRI prior to sacrifice for the histological quantification of neurites and glial markers in each hippocampal layer. Fractional anisotropy (FA), axial diffusivity (AD), radial diffusivity (RD) and mean diffusivity (MD) maps were computed from the DTI model while the orientation dispersion index (ODI), the neurite density index (NDI) and the volume fraction of isotropic diffusivity (isoVF) maps were computed from the NODDI model. We first showed in control mice that color-coded FA and ODI maps can delineate three main hippocampal layers. The quantification of FA, AD, RD, MD, ODI, NDI and isoVF presented differences within these 3 layers, especially within the molecular layer of the dentate gyrus which displayed a specific signature based on a combination of AD (or MD), ODI and NDI. Then, the comparison between EAE and control mice showed a decrease of AD (p=0.036) and of MD (p=0.033) selectively within the molecular layer of EAE mice while NODDI indices did not present any difference between EAE and control mice in any layer. Histological analyses confirmed the differential vulnerability of the molecular layer of EAE mice that exhibited decreased dendritic length and decreased dendritic complexity together with activated microglia. Dendritic length and intersections within the molecular layer were independent contributors to the observed decrease of AD (R(2)=0.37 and R(2)=0.40, p<0.0001) and MD (R(2)=0.41 and R(2)=0.42, p<0.0001). We therefore identified that NODDI maps can help to highlight the internal microanatomy of the hippocampus but NODDI still presents limitations in grey matter as it failed to capture selective dendritic alterations occurring at early stages of a neurodegenerative disease such as multiple sclerosis, whereas DTI maps were significantly altered.

11/2017 | Cell Calcium   IF 3.7
Dynamics of surface neurotransmitter receptors and transporters in glial cells: Single molecule insights.
Ciappelloni S, Murphy-Royal C, Dupuis JP, Oliet SHR, Groc L

The surface dynamics of neurotransmitter receptors and transporters, as well as ion channels, has been well-documented in neurons, revealing complex molecular behaviour and key physiological functions. However, our understanding of the membrane trafficking and dynamics of the signalling molecules located at the plasma membrane of glial cells is still in its infancy. Yet, recent breakthroughs in the field of glial cells have been obtained using combination of superresolution microscopy, single molecule imaging, and electrophysiological recordings. Here, we review our current knowledge on the surface dynamics of neurotransmitter receptors, transporters and ion channels, in glial cells. It has emerged that the brain cell network activity, synaptic activity, and calcium signalling, regulate the surface distribution and dynamics of these molecules. Remarkably, the dynamics of a given neurotransmitter receptor/transporter at the plasma membrane of a glial cell or neuron is unique, revealing the existence of cell-type specific regulatory pathways. Thus, investigating the dynamics of signalling proteins at the surface of glial cells will likely shed new light on our understanding of glial cell physiology and pathology.

12/06/2017 | Trends Neurosci   IF 11.1
Astroglial versus Neuronal D-Serine: Fact Checking.
Papouin T, Henneberger C, Rusakov DA, Oliet SHR

The activation of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) is conditioned by the binding of a co-agonist to a dedicated receptor binding site. It is now largely accepted that D-serine plays this role at many central synapses in the hippocampus, amygdala, hypothalamus, nucleus accumbens, and in prefrontal, visual, and somatosensory cortices. D-Serine has been found to be synthesized, stored, and released by astrocytes (Figure 1). However, several immunolabeling studies and experiments in genetically modified animals have recently led to a suggestion that neurons are primarily responsible for the synthesis and release of D-serine [1]. Here we argue that such conclusions could have resulted from the erroneous interpretation of experimental data and that they are at odds with a substantial amount of published work.

09/06/2017 | eLife   IF 7.7
Co-agonists differentially tune GluN2B-NMDA receptor trafficking at hippocampal synapses.
Ferreira JS, Papouin T, Ladepeche L, Yao A, Langlais VC, Bouchet D, Dulong J, Mothet JP, Sacchi S, Pollegioni L, Paoletti P, Oliet SHR, Groc L

The subunit composition of synaptic NMDA receptors (NMDAR), such as the relative content of GluN2A- and GluN2B-containing receptors, greatly influences the glutamate synaptic transmission. Receptor co-agonists, glycine and D-serine, have intriguingly emerged as potential regulators of the receptor trafficking in addition to their requirement for its activation. Using a combination of single-molecule imaging, biochemistry and electrophysiology, we show that glycine and D-serine relative availability at rat hippocampal glutamatergic synapses regulate the trafficking and synaptic content of NMDAR subtypes. Acute manipulations of co-agonist levels, both ex vivo and in vitro, unveil that D-serine alter the membrane dynamics and content of GluN2B-NMDAR, but not GluN2A-NMDAR, at synapses through a process requiring PDZ binding scaffold partners. In addition, using FRET-based FLIM approach, we demonstrate that D-serine rapidly induces a conformational change of the GluN1 subunit intracellular C-terminus domain. Together our data fuels the view that the extracellular microenvironment regulates synaptic NMDAR signaling.

03/2017 | Glia   IF 6.2
Astrocytic IP3 Rs: Contribution to Ca2+ signalling and hippocampal LTP.
Sherwood MW, Arizono M, Hisatsune C, Bannai H, Ebisui E, Sherwood JL, Panatier A, Oliet SH, Mikoshiba K

Astrocytes regulate hippocampal synaptic plasticity by the Ca2+ dependent release of the N-methyl d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) co-agonist d-serine. Previous evidence indicated that d-serine release would be regulated by the intracellular Ca2+ release channel IP3 receptor (IP3 R), however, genetic deletion of IP3 R2, the putative astrocytic IP3 R subtype, had no impact on synaptic plasticity or transmission. Although IP3 R2 is widely believed to be the only functional IP3 R in astrocytes, three IP3 R subtypes (1, 2, and 3) have been identified in vertebrates. Therefore, to better understand gliotransmission, we investigated the functionality of IP3 R and the contribution of the three IP3 R subtypes to Ca2+ signalling. As a proxy for gliotransmission, we found that long-term potentiation (LTP) was impaired by dialyzing astrocytes with the broad IP3 R blocker heparin, and rescued by exogenous d-serine, indicating that astrocytic IP3 Rs regulate d-serine release. To explore which IP3 R subtypes are functional in astrocytes, we used pharmacology and two-photon Ca2+ imaging of hippocampal slices from transgenic mice (IP3 R2-/- and IP3 R2-/- ;3-/- ). This approach revealed that underneath IP3 R2-mediated global Ca2+ events are an overlooked class of IP3 R-mediated local events, occurring in astroglial processes. Notably, multiple IP3 Rs were recruited by high frequency stimulation of the Schaffer collaterals, a classical LTP induction protocol. Together, these findings show the dependence of LTP and gliotransmission on Ca2+ release by astrocytic IP3 Rs. GLIA 2017;65:502-513.

02/02/2017 | J Neurosci Res   IF 2.5
Astroglial glutamate transporters in the brain: Regulating neurotransmitter homeostasis and synaptic transmission.
Murphy-Royal C, Dupuis J, Groc L, Oliet SH

Astrocytes, the major glial cell type in the central nervous system (CNS), are critical for brain function and have been implicated in various disorders of the central nervous system. These cells are involved in a wide range of cerebral processes including brain metabolism, control of central blood flow, ionic homeostasis, fine-tuning synaptic transmission, and neurotransmitter clearance. Such varied roles can be efficiently carried out due to the intimate interactions astrocytes maintain with neurons, the vasculature, as well as with other glial cells. Arguably, one of the most important functions of astrocytes in the brain is their control of neurotransmitter clearance. This is particularly true for glutamate whose timecourse in the synaptic cleft needs to be controlled tightly under physiological conditions to maintain point-to-point excitatory transmission, thereby limiting spillover and activation of more receptors. Most importantly, accumulation of glutamate in the extracellular space can trigger excessive activation of glutamatergic receptors and lead to excitotoxicity, a trademark of many neurodegenerative diseases. It is thus of utmost importance for both physiological and pathophysiological reasons to understand the processes that control glutamate time course within the synaptic cleft and regulate its concentrations in the extracellular space. (c) 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

22/11/2016 | Cereb Cortex   IF 8.3
Activity-Dependent Neuroplasticity Induced by an Enriched Environment Reverses Cognitive Deficits in Scribble Deficient Mouse.
Hilal ML, Moreau MM, Racca C, Pinheiro VL, Piguel NH, Santoni MJ, Dos Santos Carvalho S, Blanc JM, Abada YK, Peyroutou R, Medina C, Doat H, Papouin T, Vuillard L, Borg JP, Rachel R, Panatier A, Montcouquiol M, Oliet SHR, Sans N

Planar cell polarity (PCP) signaling is well known to play a critical role during prenatal brain development; whether it plays specific roles at postnatal stages remains rather unknown. Here, we investigated the role of a key PCP-associated gene scrib in CA1 hippocampal structure and function at postnatal stages. We found that Scrib is required for learning and memory consolidation in the Morris water maze as well as synaptic maturation and NMDAR-dependent bidirectional plasticity. Furthermore, we unveiled a direct molecular interaction between Scrib and PP1/PP2A phosphatases whose levels were decreased in postsynaptic density of conditional knock-out mice. Remarkably, exposure to enriched environment (EE) preserved memory formation in CaMK-Scrib-/- mice by recovering synaptic plasticity and maturation. Thus, Scrib is required for synaptic function involved in memory formation and EE has beneficiary therapeutic effects. Our results demonstrate a distinct new role for a PCP-associated protein, beyond embryonic development, in cognitive functions during adulthood.

12/11/2016 | Brain Behav Immun   IF 5.9
Selective dentate gyrus disruption causes memory impairment at the early stage of experimental multiple sclerosis.
Planche V, Panatier A, Hiba B, Ducourneau EG, Raffard G, Dubourdieu N, Maitre M, Leste-Lasserre T, Brochet B, Dousset V, Desmedt A, Oliet SH, Tourdias T

Memory impairment is an early and disabling manifestation of multiple sclerosis whose anatomical and biological substrates are still poorly understood. We thus investigated whether memory impairment encountered at the early stage of the disease could be explained by a differential vulnerability of particular hippocampal subfields. By using experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, we identified that early memory impairment was associated with selective alteration of the dentate gyrus as pinpointed in vivo with diffusion-tensor-imaging (DTI). Neuromorphometric analyses and electrophysiological recordings confirmed dendritic degeneration, alteration in glutamatergic synaptic transmission and impaired long-term synaptic potentiation selectively in the dentate gyrus, but not in CA1, together with a more severe pattern of microglial activation in this subfield. Systemic injections of the microglial inhibitor minocycline prevented DTI, morphological, electrophysiological and behavioral impairments in EAE-mice. Furthermore, daily infusions of minocycline specifically within the dentate gyrus were sufficient to prevent memory impairment in EAE-mice while infusions of minocycline within CA1 were inefficient. We conclude that early memory impairment in EAE is due to a selective disruption of the dentate gyrus associated with microglia activation. These results open new pathophysiological, imaging, and therapeutic perspectives for memory impairment in multiple sclerosis.

06/2016 | data brief
Effects of glia metabolism inhibition on nociceptive behavioral testing in rats.
Lefevre Y, Amadio A, Vincent P, Descheemaeker A, Oliet SH, Dallel R, Voisin DL

Fluoroacetate has been widely used to inhibit glia metabolism in vivo. It has yet to be shown what the effects of chronic intrathecal infusion of fluoroacetate on nociceptive behavioral testing are. The effects of chronic infusion of fluoroacetate (5 nmoles/h) for 2 weeks were examined in normal rats. Chronic intrathecal fluoroacetate did not alter mechanical threshold (von Frey filaments), responses to supra-threshold mechanical stimuli (von Frey filaments), responses to hot (hot plate) or cool (acetone test) stimuli and did not affect motor performance of the animals, which was tested with rotarod. This suggests that fluoroacetate at appropriate dose did not suppress neuronal activity in the spinal cord.

Hypothalamic neurohormones are released in a pulsatile manner. The mechanisms of this pulsatility remain poorly understood and several hypotheses are available, depending upon the neuroendocrine system considered. Among these systems, hypothalamo-neurohypophyseal magnocellular neurons have been early-considered models, as they typically display an electrical activity consisting of bursts of action potentials that is optimal for the release of boluses of the neurohormones oxytocin and vasopressin. The cellular mechanisms underlying this bursting behavior have been studied in vitro, using either acute slices of the adult hypothalamus, or organotypic cultures of neonatal hypothalamic tissue. We have recently proposed, from experiments in organotypic cultures, that specific central pattern generator networks, upstream of magnocellular neurons, determine their bursting activity. Here, we have tested whether a similar hypothesis can be derived from in vitro experiments in acute slices of the adult hypothalamus. To this aim we have screened our electrophysiological recordings of the magnocellular neurons, previously obtained from acute slices, with an analysis of autocorrelation of action potentials to detect a rhythmic drive as we recently did for organotypic cultures. This confirmed that the bursting behavior of magnocellular neurons is governed by central pattern generator networks whose rhythmic drive, and thus probably integrity, is however less satisfactorily preserved in the acute slices from adult brains.

13/07/2015 | Neurosci Lett   IF 2
Neuropathic pain depends upon d-serine co-activation of spinal NMDA receptors in rats.
Lefevre Y, Amadio A, Vincent P, Descheemaeker A, Oliet SH, Dallel R, Voisin DL

Activation of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors is critical for hypersensitivity in chronic neuropathic pain. Since astroglia can regulate NMDA receptor activation by releasing the NMDA receptor co-agonist d-serine, we investigated the role of NMDA receptor and d-serine in neuropathic chronic pain. Male Wistar rats underwent right L5-L6 spinal nerve ligation or sham surgery and were tested for mechanical allodynia and hyperalgesia after 14 days. Acute intrathecal administration of the NMDA receptor antagonist AP-5 as well as chronic administration of the glia metabolism inhibitor fluoroacetate significantly reduced mechanical allodynia in neuropathic rats. The effect of fluoroacetate was reversed by acutely administered intrathecal d-serine. Degrading d-serine using acute intrathecal administration of d-aminoacid oxidase also reduced pain symptoms. Immunocytochemistry showed that about 70% of serine racemase, the synthesizing enzyme of d-serine, was expressed in astrocyte processes in the superficial laminae of L5 dorsal horn. Serine racemase expression was upregulated in astrocyte processes in neuropathic rats compared to sham rats. These results show that neuropathic pain depends upon glial d-serine that co-activates spinal NMDA receptors.

02/2015 | Nat Neurosci   IF 16.1
Surface diffusion of astrocytic glutamate transporters shapes synaptic transmission.
Murphy-Royal C, Dupuis JP, Varela JA, Panatier A, Pinson B, Baufreton J, Groc L, Oliet SH

Control of the glutamate time course in the synapse is crucial for excitatory transmission. This process is mainly ensured by astrocytic transporters, high expression of which is essential to compensate for their slow transport cycle. Although molecular mechanisms regulating transporter intracellular trafficking have been identified, the relationship between surface transporter dynamics and synaptic function remains unexplored. We found that GLT-1 transporters were highly mobile on rat astrocytes. Surface diffusion of GLT-1 was sensitive to neuronal and glial activities and was strongly reduced in the vicinity of glutamatergic synapses, favoring transporter retention. Notably, glutamate uncaging at synaptic sites increased GLT-1 diffusion, displacing transporters away from this compartment. Functionally, impairing GLT-1 membrane diffusion through cross-linking in vitro and in vivo slowed the kinetics of excitatory postsynaptic currents, indicative of a prolonged time course of synaptic glutamate. These data provide, to the best of our knowledge, the first evidence for a physiological role of GLT-1 surface diffusion in shaping synaptic transmission.

05/12/2014 | j proteome res   IF 5
Proteomic analysis of gliosomes from mouse brain: identification and investigation of glial membrane proteins.
Carney KE, Milanese M, van Nierop P, Li KW, Oliet SH, Smit AB, Bonanno G, Verheijen MH

Astrocytes are being increasingly recognized as crucial contributors to neuronal function at synapses, axons, and somas. Reliable methods that can provide insight into astrocyte proteins at the neuron-astrocyte functional interface are highly desirable. Here, we conducted a mass spectrometry analysis of Percoll gradient-isolated gliosomes, a viable preparation of glial subcellular particles often used to study mechanisms of astrocytic transmitter uptake and release and their regulation. Gliosomes were compared with synaptosomes, a preparation containing the neurotransmitter release machinery, and, accordingly, synaptosomes were enriched for proteins involved in synaptic vesicle-mediated transport. Interestingly, gliosome preparations were found to be enriched for different classes of known astrocyte proteins, such as VAMP3 (involved in astrocyte exocytosis), Ezrin (perisynaptic astrocyte cytoskeletal protein), and Basigin (astrocyte membrane glycoprotein), as well as for G-protein-mediated signaling proteins. Mass spectrometry data are available via ProteomeXchange with the identifier PXD001375. Together, these data provide the first detailed description of the gliosome proteome and show that gliosomes can be a useful preparation to study glial membrane proteins and associated processes.

19/10/2014 | Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci
Organization, control and function of extrasynaptic NMDA receptors.
Papouin T, Oliet SH

N-methyl D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) exist in different forms owing to multiple combinations of subunits that can assemble into a functional receptor. In addition, they are located not only at synapses but also at extrasynaptic sites. There has been intense speculation over the past decade about whether specific NMDAR subtypes and/or locations are responsible for inducing synaptic plasticity and excitotoxicity. Here, we review the latest findings on the organization, subunit composition and endogenous control of NMDARs at extrasynaptic sites and consider their putative functions. Because astrocytes are capable of controlling NMDARs through the release of gliotransmitters, we also discuss the role of the glial environment in regulating the activity of these receptors.

28/03/2014 | Neuroscience   IF 3.3
Cannabinoid type-1 receptors in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus inhibit stimulated food intake.
Soria-Gomez E, Massa F, Bellocchio L, Rueda-Orozco PE, Ciofi P, Cota D, Oliet SH, Prospero-Garcia O, Marsicano G

Cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1)-dependent signaling in the brain is known to modulate food intake. Recent evidence has actually shown that CB1 can both inhibit and stimulate food intake in fasting/refeeding conditions, depending on the specific neuronal circuits involved. However, the exact brain sites where this bimodal control is exerted and the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are not fully understood yet. Using pharmacological and electrophysiological approaches, we show that local CB1 blockade in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) increases fasting-induced hyperphagia in rats. Furthermore, local CB1 blockade in the PVN also increases the orexigenic effect of the gut hormone ghrelin in animals fed ad libitum. At the electrophysiological level, CB1 blockade in slices containing the PVN potentiates the decrease of the activity of PVN neurons induced by long-term application of ghrelin. Hence, the PVN is (one of) the site(s) where signals associated with the body's energy status determine the direction of the effects of endocannabinoid signaling on food intake.

19/02/2014 | Neuron   IF 16
Gliotransmitters travel in time and space.
Araque A, Carmignoto G, Haydon PG, Oliet SH, Robitaille R, Volterra A

The identification of the presence of active signaling between astrocytes and neurons in a process termed gliotransmission has caused a paradigm shift in our thinking about brain function. However, we are still in the early days of the conceptualization of how astrocytes influence synapses, neurons, networks, and ultimately behavior. In this Perspective, our goal is to identify emerging principles governing gliotransmission and consider the specific properties of this process that endow the astrocyte with unique functions in brain signal integration. We develop and present hypotheses aimed at reconciling confounding reports and define open questions to provide a conceptual framework for future studies. We propose that astrocytes mainly signal through high-affinity slowly desensitizing receptors to modulate neurons and perform integration in spatiotemporal domains complementary to those of neurons.

11/02/2014 | Nat Commun   IF 10.7
Neonatal testosterone suppresses a neuroendocrine pulse generator required for reproduction.
Israel JM, Cabelguen JM, Le Masson G, Oliet SH, Ciofi P

The pituitary gland releases hormones in a pulsatile fashion guaranteeing signalling efficiency. The determinants of pulsatility are poorly circumscribed. Here we show in magnocellular hypothalamo-neurohypophyseal oxytocin (OT) neurons that the bursting activity underlying the neurohormonal pulses necessary for parturition and the milk-ejection reflex is entirely driven by a female-specific central pattern generator (CPG). Surprisingly, this CPG is active in both male and female neonates, but is inactivated in males after the first week of life. CPG activity can be restored in males by orchidectomy or silenced in females by exogenous testosterone. This steroid effect is aromatase and caspase dependent, and is mediated via oestrogen receptor-alpha. This indicates the apoptosis of the CPG network during hypothalamic sexual differentiation, explaining why OT neurons do not burst in adult males. This supports the view that stereotypic neuroendocrine pulsatility is governed by CPGs, some of which are subjected to gender-specific perinatal programming.

2014 | Front Aging Neurosci   IF 2.8
Astrocytosis in parkinsonism: considering tripartite striatal synapses in physiopathology?
Charron G, Doudnikoff E, Canron MH, Li Q, Vega C, Marais S, Baufreton J, Vital A, Oliet SH, Bezard E

The current concept of basal ganglia organization and function in physiological and pathophysiological conditions excludes the most numerous cells in the brain, i.e., the astrocytes, present with a ratio of 10:1 neuron. Their role in neurodegenerative condition such as Parkinson's disease (PD) remains to be elucidated. Before embarking into physiological investigations of the yet-to-be-identified 'tripartite' synapses in the basal ganglia in general and the striatum in particular, we therefore characterized anatomically the PD-related modifications in astrocytic morphology, the changes in astrocytic network connections and the consequences on the spatial relationship between astrocytic processes and asymmetric synapses in normal and PD-like conditions in experimental and human PD. Our results unravel a dramatic regulation of striatal astrocytosis supporting the hypothesis of a key role in (dys) regulating corticostriatal transmission. Astrocytes and their various properties might thus represent a therapeutic target in PD.

2014 | Pain   IF 5.8
Cancer pain is not necessarily correlated with spinal overexpression of reactive
glia markers

Ducourneau V*, Dolique T*, Hachem-Delaunay S, Miraucourt L, Amadio A, Blaszczyk L, Jacquot F, Ly J, Devoize L, Oliet SH, Dallel R, Mothet JP, Nagy F, Fenelon V*, Voisin D*

Bone cancer pain is a common and disruptive symptom in cancer patients. In cancer pain animal models, massive reactive astrogliosis in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord has been reported. Because astrocytes may behave as driving partners for pathological pain, we investigated the temporal development of pain behavior and reactive astrogliosis in a rat bone cancer pain model induced by injecting MRMT-1 rat mammary gland carcinoma cells into the tibia. Along with the development of bone lesions, a gradual mechanical and thermal allodynia and hyperalgesia as well as a reduced use of the affected limb developed in bone cancer-bearing animals, but not in sham-treated animals. Dorsal horn Fos expression after nonpainful palpation of the injected limb was also increased in bone cancer-bearing animals. However, at any time during the evolution of tumor, there was no increase in glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) immunoreactivity in the dorsal horn. Further analysis at 21days after injection of the tumor showed no increase in GFAP and interleukin (IL) 1beta transcripts, number of superficial dorsal horn S100beta protein immunoreactive astrocytes, or immunoreactivity for microglial markers (OX-42 and Iba-1). In contrast, all these parameters were increased in the dorsal horn of rats 2weeks after sciatic nerve ligation. This suggests that in some cases, bone cancer pain may not be correlated with spinal overexpression of reactive glia markers, whereas neuropathic pain is. Glia may thus play different roles in the development and maintenance of chronic pain in these 2 situations.

2014 | J Physiol   IF 4.5
Extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation in forebrain neurones
contributes to osmoregulatory mechanisms

Dine J, Ducourneau V, Fenelon V, Fossat P, Amadio A, Eder M, Israel JM, Oliet SH, Voisin D

2014 | Front Cell Neurosci   IF 4.2
Novel cell separation method for molecular analysis of neuron-astrocyte co-cultures.
Goudriaan A, Camargo N, Carney KE, Oliet SH, Smit AB, Verheijen MH

Over the last decade, the importance of astrocyte-neuron communication in neuronal development and synaptic plasticity has become increasingly clear. Since neuron-astrocyte interactions represent highly dynamic and reciprocal processes, we hypothesized that many astrocyte genes may be regulated as a consequence of their interactions with maturing neurons. In order to identify such neuron-responsive astrocyte genes in vitro, we sought to establish an expedited technique for separation of neurons from co-cultured astrocytes. Our newly established method makes use of cold jet, which exploits different adhesion characteristics of subpopulations of cells (Jirsova etal., 1997), and is rapid, performed under ice-cold conditions and avoids protease-mediated isolation of astrocytes or time-consuming centrifugation, yielding intact astrocyte mRNA with approximately 90% of neuronal RNA removed. Using this purification method, we executed genome-wide profiling in which RNA derived from astrocyte-only cultures was compared with astrocyte RNA derived from differentiating neuron-astrocyte co-cultures. Data analysis determined that many astrocytic mRNAs and biological processes are regulated by neuronal interaction. Our results validate the cold jet as an efficient method to separate astrocytes from neurons in co-culture, and reveals that neurons induce robust gene-expression changes in co-cultured astrocytes.

11/10/2013 | Pain   IF 5.6
Cancer pain is not necessarily correlated with spinal overexpression of reactive glia markers.
Ducourneau VR, Dolique T, Hachem-Delaunay S, Miraucourt LS, Amadio A, Blaszczyk L, Jacquot F, Ly J, Devoize L, Oliet SH, Dallel R, Mothet JP, Nagy F, Fenelon VS, Voisin DL

Bone cancer pain is a common and disruptive symptom in cancer patients. In cancer pain animal models, massive reactive astrogliosis in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord has been reported. Because astrocytes may behave as driving partners for pathological pain, we investigated the temporal development of pain behavior and reactive astrogliosis in a rat bone cancer pain model induced by injecting MRMT-1 rat mammary gland carcinoma cells into the tibia. Along with the development of bone lesions, a gradual mechanical and thermal allodynia and hyperalgesia as well as a reduced use of the affected limb developed in bone cancer-bearing animals, but not in sham-treated animals. Dorsal horn Fos expression after nonpainful palpation of the injected limb was also increased in bone cancer-bearing animals. However, at any time during the evolution of tumor, there was no increase in glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) immunoreactivity in the dorsal horn. Further analysis at 21days after injection of the tumor showed no increase in GFAP and interleukin (IL) 1beta transcripts, number of superficial dorsal horn S100beta protein immunoreactive astrocytes, or immunoreactivity for microglial markers (OX-42 and Iba-1). In contrast, all these parameters were increased in the dorsal horn of rats 2weeks after sciatic nerve ligation. This suggests that in some cases, bone cancer pain may not be correlated with spinal overexpression of reactive glia markers, whereas neuropathic pain is. Glia may thus play different roles in the development and maintenance of chronic pain in these 2 situations.

03/2013 | Med Sci (Paris)
[Importance of the location of NMDA glutamate receptors].
Oliet SH, Papouin T

2013 | J Med Chem   IF 5.6
Structural, Kinetic, and Pharmacodynamic Mechanisms of d-Amino Acid Oxidase Inhibition by Small Molecules
Hopkins SC, Heffernan MLR, Saraswat LD, Bowen CA, Melnick L, Hardy LW, Orsini MA, Allen MS, Koch P, Spear KL, Foglesong RJ , Soukri M, Chytil M, Fang QK, Jones SW, Varney MA, Panatier A, Oliet SHR, Pollegioni L, Piubelli L, Molla G, Nardini M, Large TH

We characterized the mechanism and pharmacodynamics of five structurally distinct inhibitors of d-amino acid oxidase. All inhibitors bound the oxidized form of human enzyme with affinity slightly higher than that of benzoate (Kd &#8776; 2-4 &#956;M). Stopped-flow experiments showed that pyrrole-based inhibitors possessed high affinity (Kd &#8776; 100-200 nM) and slow release kinetics (k < 0.01 s(-1)) in the presence of substrate, while inhibitors with pendent aromatic groups altered conformations of the active site lid, as evidenced by X-ray crystallography, and showed slower kinetics of association. Rigid bioisosteres of benzoic acid induced a closed-lid conformation, had slower release in the presence of substrate, and were more potent than benzoate. Steady-state d-serine concentrations were described in a PK/PD model, and competition for d-serine sites on NMDA receptors was demonstrated in vivo. DAAO inhibition increased the spatiotemporal influence of glial-derived d-serine, suggesting localized effects on neuronal circuits where DAAO can exert a neuromodulatory role

03/08/2012 | Cell   IF 32
Synaptic and Extrasynaptic NMDA Receptors Are Gated by Different Endogenous Coagonists.
Papouin T, Ladepeche L, Ruel J, Sacchi S, Labasque M, Hanini M, Groc L, Pollegioni L, Mothet JP, Oliet SH

N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are located in neuronal cell membranes at synaptic and extrasynaptic locations, where they are believed to mediate distinct physiological and pathological processes. Activation of NMDARs requires glutamate and a coagonist whose nature and impact on NMDAR physiology remain elusive. We report that synaptic and extrasynaptic NMDARs are gated by different endogenous coagonists, d-serine and glycine, respectively. The regionalized availability of the coagonists matches the preferential affinity of synaptic NMDARs for d-serine and extrasynaptic NMDARs for glycine. Furthermore, glycine and d-serine inhibit NMDAR surface trafficking in a subunit-dependent manner, which is likely to influence NMDARs subcellular location. Taking advantage of this coagonist segregation, we demonstrate that long-term potentiation and NMDA-induced neurotoxicity rely on synaptic NMDARs only. Conversely, long-term depression requires both synaptic and extrasynaptic receptors. Our observations provide key insights into the operating mode of NMDARs, emphasizing functional distinctions between synaptic and extrasynaptic NMDARs in brain physiology.

04/2012 | J Neurochem   IF 4
Glial cells in (patho)physiology.
Parpura V, Heneka MT, Montana V, Oliet SH, Schousboe A, Haydon PG, Stout RF Jr, Spray DC, Reichenbach A, Pannicke T, Pekny M, Pekna M, Zorec R, Verkhratsky A

J. Neurochem. (2012) 121, 4-27. ABSTRACT: Neuroglial cells define brain homeostasis and mount defense against pathological insults. Astroglia regulate neurogenesis and development of brain circuits. In the adult brain, astrocytes enter into intimate dynamic relationship with neurons, especially at synaptic sites where they functionally form the tripartite synapse. At these sites, astrocytes regulate ion and neurotransmitter homeostasis, metabolically support neurons and monitor synaptic activity; one of the readouts of the latter manifests in astrocytic intracellular Ca(2+) signals. This form of astrocytic excitability can lead to release of chemical transmitters via Ca(2+) -dependent exocytosis. Once in the extracellular space, gliotransmitters can modulate synaptic plasticity and cause changes in behavior. Besides these physiological tasks, astrocytes are fundamental for progression and outcome of neurological diseases. In Alzheimer's disease, for example, astrocytes may contribute to the etiology of this disorder. Highly lethal glial-derived tumors use signaling trickery to coerce normal brain cells to assist tumor invasiveness. This review not only sheds new light on the brain operation in health and disease, but also points to many unknowns.

03/2012 | Cereb Cortex   IF 6.8
Glial D-serine gates NMDA receptors at excitatory synapses in prefrontal cortex.
Fossat P, Turpin FR, Sacchi S, Dulong J, Shi T, Rivet JM, Sweedler JV, Pollegioni L, Millan MJ, Oliet SH, Mothet JP

N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) subserve numerous neurophysiological and neuropathological processes in the cerebral cortex. Their activation requires the binding of glutamate and also of a coagonist. Whereas glycine and D-serine (D-ser) are candidates for such a role at central synapses, the nature of the coagonist in cerebral cortex remains unknown. We first show that the glycine-binding site of NMDARs is not saturated in acute slices preparations of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Using enzymes that selectively degrade either D-ser or glycine, we demonstrate that under the present conditions, D-ser is the principle endogenous coagonist of synaptic NMDARs at mature excitatory synapses in layers V/VI of mPFC where it is essential for long-term potentiation (LTP) induction. Furthermore, blocking the activity of glia with the metabolic inhibitor, fluoroacetate, impairs NMDAR-mediated synaptic transmission and prevents LTP induction by reducing the extracellular levels of D-serine. Such deficits can be restored by exogenous D-ser, indicating that the D-amino acid mainly originates from glia in the mPFC, as further confirmed by double-immunostaining studies for D-ser and anti-glial fibrillary acidic protein. Our findings suggest that D-ser modulates neuronal networks in the cerebral cortex by gating the activity of NMDARs and that altering its levels is relevant to the induction and potentially treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

25/01/2012 | J Neurosci   IF 6.9
Kainate receptor-induced retrograde inhibition of glutamatergic transmission in vasopressin neurons.
Bonfardin VD, Theodosis DT, Konnerth A, Oliet SH

Presynaptic kainate receptors (KARs) exert a modulatory action on transmitter release. We here report that applications of agonists of GluK1-containing KARs in the rat supraoptic nucleus has an opposite action on glutamatergic transmission according to the phenotype of the postsynaptic neuron. Whereas glutamate release was facilitated in oxytocin (OT) neurons, it was inhibited in vasopressin (VP) cells. Interestingly, an antagonist of GluK1-containing KARs caused an inhibition of glutamate release in both OT and VP neurons, revealing the existence of tonically activated presynaptic KARs that are positively coupled to transmitter release. We thus postulated that the inhibition of glutamate release observed with exogenous applications of GluK1 agonists on VP neurons could be indirect. In agreement with this hypothesis, we first showed that functional GluK1-containing KARs were present postsynaptically on VP neurons but not on OT cells. We next showed that the inhibitory effect induced by exogenous GluK1 receptor agonist was compromised when BAPTA was added in the recording pipette to buffer intracellular Ca2+ and block the release of a putative retrograde messenger. Under these conditions, GluK1-containing KAR agonist facilitates glutamatergic transmission in VP neurons in a manner similar to that observed for OT neurons and that resulted from the activation of presynaptic GluK1 receptors. GluK1-mediated inhibition of glutamate release in VP neurons was also blocked by a kappa-opioid receptor antagonist. These findings suggest that activation of postsynaptic GluK1-containing KARs on VP neurons leads to the release of dynorphin, which in turn acts on presynaptic kappa-opioid receptors to inhibit glutamate release.

30/11/2011 | J Neuroendocrinol   IF 3.1
Glial regulation of neuronal function: from synapse to systems physiology.
Tasker JG, Oliet SH, Bains JS, Brown CH, Stern JE

Classically, glia have been regarded as non-excitable cells that provide nourishment and physical scaffolding for neurons. However, it is now generally accepted that glia are active participants in brain function that can modulate neuronal communication via several mechanisms. Investigations of anatomical plasticity in the magnocellular neuroendocrine system of the hypothalamic paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei led the way in the development of much of our understanding of glial regulation of neuronal activity. In this review, we provide an overview of glial regulation of magnocellular neuron activity from a historical perspective of the development of our knowledge of the morphological changes in evident in the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei and focus on recent data from the authors' laboratories that were presented at the 9(th) World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones and that have contributed to our understanding of the multiple mechanisms by which glia modulate the activity of neurons, including: gliotransmitter modulation of synaptic transmission; trans-synaptic modulation by glial neurotransmitter transporter regulation of neurotransmitter spillover; and glial neurotransmitter transporter modulation of excitability by regulation of ambient neurotransmitter levels and their action on extrasynaptic receptors. The magnocellular neuroendocrine system secretes oxytocin and vasopressin from the posterior pituitary gland to control birth, lactation and body fluid balance and we finally speculate as to whether glial regulation of individual magnocellular neurons might co-ordinate population activity to respond appropriately to altered physiological circumstances.

08/2011 | Neurobiol Aging   IF 6.2
Reduced serine racemase expression contributes to age-related deficits in hippocampal cognitive function.
Turpin FR, Potier B, Dulong JR, Sinet PM, Alliot J, Oliet SH, Dutar P, Epelbaum J, Mothet JP, Billard JM

To gain insight into the contribution of d-serine to impaired cognitive aging, we compared the metabolic pathway and content of the amino acid as well as d-serine-dependent synaptic transmission and plasticity in the hippocampus of young and old rats of the Wistar and Lou/C/Jall strains. Wistar rats display cognitive impairments with aging that are not found in the latter strain, which is therefore considered a model of healthy aging. Both mRNA and protein levels of serine racemase, the d-serine synthesizing enzyme, were decreased in the hippocampus but not in the cerebral cortex or cerebellum of aged Wistar rats, whereas the expression of d-amino acid oxidase, which degrades the amino acid, was not affected. Consequently, hippocampal levels of endogenous d-serine were significantly lower. In contrast, serine racemase expression and d-serine levels were not altered in the hippocampus of aged Lou/C/Jall rats. Ex vivo electrophysiological recordings in hippocampal slices showed a marked reduction in N-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor (NMDA-R)-mediated synaptic potentials and theta-burst-induced long-term potentiation (LTP) in the CA1 area of aged Wistar rats, which were restored by exogenous d-serine. In contrast, NMDA-R activation, LTP induction and responses to d-serine were not altered in aged Lou/C/Jall rats. These results further strengthen the notion that the serine racemase-dependent pathway is a prime target of hippocampus-dependent cognitive deficits with aging. Understanding the processes that specifically affect serine racemase during aging could thus provide key insights into the treatment of memory deficits in the elderly.

19/04/2011 | Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Conditional reduction of adult neurogenesis impairs bidirectional hippocampal synaptic plasticity.
Massa F, Koehl M, Wiesner T, Grosjean N, Revest JM, Piazza PV, Abrous DN, Oliet SH

Adult neurogenesis is a process by which the brain produces new neurons once development has ceased. Adult hippocampal neurogenesis has been linked to the relational processing of spatial information, a role attributed to the contribution of newborn neurons to long-term potentiation (LTP). However, whether newborn neurons also influence long-term depression (LTD), and how synaptic transmission and plasticity are affected as they incorporate their network, remain to be determined. To address these issues, we took advantage of a genetic model in which a majority of adult-born neurons can be selectively ablated in the dentate gyrus (DG) and, most importantly, in which neurogenesis can be restored on demand. Using electrophysiological recordings, we show that selective reduction of adult-born neurons impairs synaptic transmission at medial perforant pathway synapses onto DG granule cells. Furthermore, LTP and LTD are largely compromised at these synapses, probably as a result of an increased induction threshold. Whereas the deficits in synaptic transmission and plasticity are completely rescued by restoring neurogenesis, these synapses regain their ability to express LTP much faster than their ability to express LTD. These results demonstrate that both LTP and LTD are influenced by adult neurogenesis. They also indicate that as newborn neurons integrate their network, the ability to express bidirectional synaptic plasticity is largely improved at these synapses. These findings establish that adult neurogenesis is an important process for synaptic transmission and bidirectional plasticity in the DG, accounting for its role in efficiently integrating novel incoming information and in forming new memories.

12/2010 | Eur J Neurosci   IF 3.7
Morphological plasticity of the rat supraoptic nucleus--cellular consequences.
Oliet SH, Bonfardin VD

The supraoptic nuclei of the hypothalamus display a remarkable anatomical plasticity during lactation, parturition and chronic dehydration, conditions associated with massive neurohypophysial hormone secretion. This structural remodeling is characterized by a pronounced reduction of the astrocytic coverage of oxytocin neurons, resulting in an increase in the number and extent of directly juxtaposed neuronal surfaces. Although the exact role played by such an anatomical remodeling in the physiology of the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system is still unknown, several findings obtained over the last decade indicate that synaptic and extrasynaptic transmissions are impacted by these structural changes. We review these data and try to extrapolate how such changes at the cellular level might affect the overall activity of the system. One repercussion of the retraction of glial processes is the accumulation of glutamate in the extracellular space. This build-up of glutamate causes an increased activation of pre-synaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors, which are negatively coupled to neurotransmitter release, and a switch in the mode of action of pre-synaptic kainate receptors that control GABA release. Finally, the range of action of substances released from astrocytes and acting on adjacent magnocellular neurons is also affected during the anatomical remodeling. It thus appears that the structural plasticity of the hypothalamic magnocellular nuclei strongly affects neuron-glial interactions and, as a consequence, induces significant changes in synaptic and extrasynaptic transmission.

21/07/2010 | J Neurosci   IF 7.5
The planar polarity protein Scribble1 is essential for neuronal plasticity and brain function.
Moreau MM, Piguel N, Papouin T, Koehl M, Durand CM, Rubio ME, Loll F, Richard EM, Mazzocco C, Racca C, Oliet SH, Abrous DN, Montcouquiol M, Sans N

Scribble (Scrib) is a key regulator of apicobasal polarity, presynaptic architecture, and short-term synaptic plasticity in Drosophila. In mammals, its homolog Scrib1 has been implicated in cancer, neural tube closure, and planar cell polarity (PCP), but its specific role in the developing and adult nervous system is unclear. Here, we used the circletail mutant, a mouse model for PCP defects, to show that Scrib1 is located in spines where it influences actin cytoskeleton and spine morphing. In the hippocampus of these mutants, we observed an increased synapse pruning associated with an increased number of enlarged spines and postsynaptic density, and a decreased number of perforated synapses. This phenotype was associated with a mislocalization of the signaling pathway downstream of Scrib1, leading to an overall activation of Rac1 and defects in actin dynamic reorganization. Finally, Scrib1-deficient mice exhibit enhanced learning and memory abilities and impaired social behavior, two features relevant to autistic spectrum disorders. Our data identify Scrib1 as a crucial regulator of brain development and spine morphology, and suggest that Scrib1(crc/+) mice might be a model for studying synaptic dysfunction and human psychiatric disorders.

05/05/2010 | J Neurosci   IF 7.5
Alterations in the hippocampal endocannabinoid system in diet-induced obese mice.
Massa F, Mancini G, Schmidt H, Steindel F, Mackie K, Angioni C, Oliet SH, Geisslinger G, Lutz B

The endocannabinoid (eCB) system plays central roles in the regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. Its alteration in activity contributes to the development and maintenance of obesity. Stimulation of the cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB(1) receptor) increases feeding, enhances reward aspects of eating, and promotes lipogenesis, whereas its blockade decreases appetite, sustains weight loss, increases insulin sensitivity, and alleviates dysregulation of lipid metabolism. The hypothesis has been put forward that the eCB system is overactive in obesity. Hippocampal circuits are not directly involved in the neuronal control of food intake and appetite, but they play important roles in hedonic aspects of eating. We investigated the possibility whether or not diet-induced obesity (DIO) alters the functioning of the hippocampal eCB system. We found that levels of the two eCBs, 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) and anandamide, were increased in the hippocampus from DIO mice, with a concomitant increase of the 2-AG synthesizing enzyme diacylglycerol lipase-alpha and increased CB(1) receptor immunoreactivity in CA1 and CA3 regions, whereas CB(1) receptor agonist-induced [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding was unchanged. eCB-mediated synaptic plasticity was changed in the CA1 region, as depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition and long-term depression of inhibitory synapses were enhanced. Functionality of CB(1) receptors in GABAergic neurons was furthermore revealed, as mice specifically lacking CB(1) receptors on this neuronal population were partly resistant to DIO. Our results show that DIO-induced changes in the eCB system affect not only tissues directly involved in the metabolic regulation but also brain regions mediating hedonic aspects of eating and influencing cognitive processes.

27/04/2010 | Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A   IF 9.6
Spatial learning sculpts the dendritic arbor of adult-born hippocampal neurons.
Tronel S, Fabre A, Charrier V, Oliet SH, Gage FH, Abrous DN

Neurogenesis in the hippocampus is characterized by the birth of thousand of cells that generate neurons throughout life. The fate of these adult newborn neurons depends on life experiences. In particular, spatial learning promotes the survival and death of new neurons. Whether learning influences the development of the dendritic tree of the surviving neurons (a key parameter for synaptic integration and signal processing) is unknown. Here we show that learning accelerates the maturation of their dendritic trees and their integration into the hippocampal network. We demonstrate that these learning effects on dendritic arbors are homeostatically regulated, persist for several months, and are specific to neurons born during adulthood. Finally, we show that this dendritic shaping depends on the cognitive demand and relies on the activation of NMDA receptors. In the search for the structural changes underlying long-term memory, these findings lead to the conclusion that shaping neo-networks is important in forming spatial memories.

27/01/2010 | J Neurosci   IF 7.5
Glutamatergic inputs contribute to phasic activity in vasopressin neurons
Israel JM, Poulain D, Oliet S

Many neurons in the CNS display rhythmic patterns of activity to optimize excitation-secretion coupling. However, the mechanisms of rhythmogenesis are only partially understood. Magnocellular vasopressin (VP) neurons in the hypothalamus display a phasic activity that consists of alternative bursts of action potentials and silent periods. Previous observations from acute slices of adult hypothalamus suggested that VP cell rhythmicity depends on intrinsic membrane properties. However, such activity in vivo is nonregenerative. Here, we studied the mechanisms of VP neuron rhythmicity in organotypic slice cultures that, unlike acute slices, preserve functional synaptic connections. Comparative analysis of phasic firing of VP neurons in vivo, in acute slices, and in the cultures revealed that, in the latter, the activity was closely related to that observed in vivo. It was synaptically driven, essentially from glutamatergic inputs, and did not rely on intrinsic membrane properties. The glutamatergic synaptic activity was sensitive to osmotic challenges and kappa-opioid receptor activation, physiological stimuli known to affect phasic activity. Together, our data thus strongly suggest that phasic activity in magnocellular VP neurons is controlled by glutamatergic synaptic inputs rather than by intrinsic properties.

20/01/2010 | J Neurosci   IF 7.5
Glia-Dependent Switch of Kainate Receptor Presynaptic Action
Bonfardin V, Fossat P, Theodosis D, Oliet S

Presynaptic kainate receptors (KARs) exert a modulatory action on transmitter release. This effect can be switched from facilitation to inhibition by an increased concentration of KAR agonists. We here report that activation of presynaptic GluK1-containing KARs facilitates GABA release on oxytocin and vasopressin neurons in the supraoptic nucleus of the hypothalamus. Increase in ambient levels of glutamate associated with the physiological reduction of astrocytic coverage of oxytocin neurons in lactating rats switches this KAR-mediated facilitation to inhibition of GABAergic transmission. This effect was reproduced in both oxytocin and vasopressin neurons of virgin rats when glutamate transporters were blocked pharmacologically, thereby establishing that enhanced levels of extracellular glutamate induce the switch in KAR-mediated action. The facilitation of GABA release was inhibited with philanthotoxin, a Ca(2+)-permeable KAR antagonist, suggesting that this effect was associated with an ionotropic mode of action. Conversely, KAR-mediated inhibition was compromised in the presence of U73122, a phospholipase C inhibitor, in agreement with the involvement of a metabotropic pathway. We thus reveal that physiological astrocytic plasticity modifies the mode of action of presynaptic KARs, thereby inversing their coupling with GABA release.

14/01/2010 | Nature   IF 28.8
Long-term potentiation depends on release of D-serine from astrocytes
Henneberger C, Papouin T, Oliet S*, Rusakov D*

Long-term potentiation (LTP) of synaptic transmission provides an experimental model for studying mechanisms of memory1. The classical form of LTP relies on N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs), and it has been shown that astroglia can regulate their activation through Ca21-dependent release of the NMDAR coagonist D-serine2–4. Release of D-serine from glia enables LTP in cultures5 and explains a correlation between glial coverage of synapses and LTP in the supraoptic nucleus4. However, increases in Ca21 concentration in astroglia can also release other signalling molecules, most prominently glutamate6–8, ATP9 and tumour necrosis factor-a10,11, whereas neurons themselves can synthesize and supply D-serine12,13. Furthermore, loading an astrocyte with exogenous Ca21 buffers does not suppress LTP in hippocampal area CA1 (refs 14–16), and the physiological relevance of experiments in cultures or strong exogenous stimuli applied to astrocytes has been questioned17,18. The involvement of glia in LTP induction therefore remains controversial. Here we show that clamping internal Ca21 in individual CA1 astrocytes blocks LTP induction atnearby excitatory synapsesbydecreasing the occupancy of the NMDAR co-agonist sites. This LTP blockade can be reversed by exogenous D-serine or glycine, whereas depletion of D-serine or disruption of exocytosis in an individual astrocyte blocks local LTP. We therefore demonstrate that Ca21-dependent release of D-serine from an astrocyte controls NMDAR-dependent plasticity in many thousands of excitatory synapses nearby.

01/10/2009 | Neurobiol Aging
Serine racemase is a preferential gene-target underlying impaired hippocampal-dependent cognitive ageing
Turpin F, Potier B, Dulong J, Sinet PM, Alliot J, Oliet S, Dutar P, Epelbaum J, Mothet JP, Billard JM

NMDA receptors (NMDARs) are key glutamatergic receptors in the CNS. Their permeability to Ca2+ and their voltage-dependent Mg2+ block make them essential for synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity, rhythmogenesis, gene expression and excitotoxicity. One very peculiar property is that their activation requires the binding of both glutamate and a co-agonist like glycine or D-serine. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that D-serine, rather than glycine as originally thought, is the endogenous ligand for NMDARs in many brain structures. D-serine is synthesized mainly in glial cells and it is released upon activation of glutamate receptors. Its concentration in the synaptic cleft controls the number of NMDAR available for activation by glutamate. Consequently, the glial environment of neurons has a critical impact on the direction and magnitude of NMDAR-dependent synaptic plasticity.

Observations from different brain areas have established that the adult nervous system can undergo significant experience-related structural changes throughout life. Less familiar is the notion that morphological plasticity affects not only neurons but glial cells as well. Yet there is abundant evidence showing that astrocytes, the most numerous cells in the mammalian brain, are highly mobile. Under physiological conditions as different as reproduction, sensory stimulation, and learning, they display a remarkable structural plasticity, particularly conspicuous at the level of their lamellate distal processes that normally ensheath all portions of neurons. Distal astrocytic processes can undergo morphological changes in a matter of minutes, a remodeling that modifies the geometry and diffusion properties of the extracellular space and relationships with adjacent neuronal elements, especially synapses. Astrocytes respond to neuronal activity via ion channels, neurotransmitter receptors, and transporters on their processes; they transmit information via release of neuroactive substances. Where astrocytic processes are mobile then, astrocytic-neuronal interactions become highly dynamic, a plasticity that has important functional consequences since it modifies extracellular ionic homeostasis, neurotransmission, gliotransmission, and ultimately neuronal function at the cellular and system levels. Although a complete picture of intervening cellular mechanisms is lacking, some have been identified, notably certain permissive molecular factors common to systems capable of remodeling (cell surface and extracellular matrix adhesion molecules, cytoskeletal proteins) and molecules that appear specific to each system (neuropeptides, neurotransmitters, steroids, growth factors) that trigger or reverse the morphological changes.

During parturition and lactation, neurosecretory oxytocin (OT) neurons in the hypothalamus achieve pulsatile hormone secretion by coordinated bursts of firing that occur throughout the neuronal population. This activity is partly controlled by somatodendritic release of OT, which facilitates the onset and recurrence of synchronized bursting. To further investigate the cellular mechanisms underlying the control exerted by OT on the activity of its own neurons, we studied the effects of the peptide on membrane potential and synaptic activity in OT neurons in hypothalamic organotypic slice cultures. Bath application of low concentrations of OT (<100 nM) facilitated GABA(A) receptor-mediated inhibitory transmission through a presynaptic mechanism without affecting membrane potential and excitatory glutamatergic synaptic activity. The facilitatory action of OT on GABAergic transmission was dose-dependent, starting at 25 nM and disappearing at concentrations >100 nM. As shown previously, higher concentrations of OT (>500 nM) had the opposite effect, inhibiting GABA(A) receptors via a postsynaptic mechanism. Surprisingly, OT-mediated facilitation of GABAergic transmission promoted action potential firing in 40% of the neurons. Each action potential occurred at the end of the repolarizing phase of an inhibitory potential. Pharmacological dissection revealed that this firing involved the activation of low-threshold activated calcium channels. Detailed statistical analysis showed that OT-mediated firing upregulated bursting activity in OT neurons. It is thus likely to optimize OT secretion and, as a consequence, facilitate delivery and milk ejection in mammals.

2008 | Prog Brain Res
Neuron-glia interactions in the rat supraoptic nucleus.
Oliet SH, Panatier A, Piet R, Mothet JP, Poulain DA, Theodosis DT

The adult hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system undergoes a striking activity-dependent morphological remodelling that modifies the glial enwrapping of its magnocellular neurons. Although the functional consequences of such remodelling remain hypothetical, recent evidence has provided new insights into the repercussions of glial environment modifications on the physiology of magnocellular neurosecretory cells at the synaptic level. These studies have revealed that the reduced astrocytic coverage of magnocellular neurons occurring in the SON affects various functions in which astrocytes play key roles. These functions include uptake of neurotransmitters such as glutamate, restricting diffusion of neuroactive substances within the extracellular space and release of informative molecules known as gliotransmitters that act on neighbouring neurons to modulate synaptic transmission and excitability. Overall, our observations indicate that the neuron-glial anatomical reorganization leads to modifications of glutamatergic transmission that might be important for the physiology of the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system.

08/2007 | PLoS Biol
Spatial learning depends on both the addition and removal of new hippocampal neurons.
Dupret D, Fabre A, Dobrossy MD, Panatier A, Rodriguez JJ, Lamarque S, Lemaire V, Oliet SH, Piazza PV, Abrous DN

The role of adult hippocampal neurogenesis in spatial learning remains a matter of debate. Here, we show that spatial learning modifies neurogenesis by inducing a cascade of events that resembles the selective stabilization process characterizing development. Learning promotes survival of relatively mature neurons, apoptosis of more immature cells, and finally, proliferation of neural precursors. These are three interrelated events mediating learning. Thus, blocking apoptosis impairs memory and inhibits learning-induced cell survival and cell proliferation. In conclusion, during learning, similar to the selective stabilization process, neuronal networks are sculpted by a tightly regulated selection and suppression of different populations of newly born neurons.

08/2007 | Trends Neurosci
Glia: they make your memories stick!
Bains J S, Oliet S H

Synaptic plasticity underlies higher brain functions such as learning and memory. At glutamatergic synapses in the vertebrate central nervous system, plasticity usually requires changes in the number of postsynaptic AMPA receptors. Recently, several studies have revealed that glial cells play an important role in regulating postsynaptic AMPA receptor density. This is accomplished through the release of gliotransmitters such as D-serine, ATP and TNF-alpha. More specifically, the availability of D-serine, the endogenous co-agonist of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors in many brain areas, governs the induction of long-term potentiation and long-term depression. Meanwhile, ATP and TNF-alpha trigger long-lasting increases in synaptic strength at glutamatergic hypothalamic and hippocampal inputs, respectively, through mechanisms that promote AMPA receptor insertion in the absence of coincident presynaptic and postsynaptic activity. These data clearly demonstrate a vital role for glia in plasticity and argue that their contributions to brain function extend well beyond their outdated role as cellular 'glue'.

The probability of neurotransmitter release at the nerve terminal is an important determinant of synaptic efficacy. At some central synapses, the postsynaptic, or target, neuron determines neurotransmitter release probability (P(r)) at the presynaptic terminal. The mechanisms responsible for this target-cell dependent control of P(r) have not been elucidated. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from magnocellular neurosecretory cells in the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei of the hypothalamus, we demonstrate that inhibitory, GABA synapses specifically onto oxytocin (OT)-producing neurosecretory cells exhibit a low P(r) that is relatively uniform at multiple synapses onto the same cell. This low P(r) results from a two-step process that requires the tonic release of OT from the postsynaptic cell. The ambient extracellular levels of neuropeptide are sufficient to activate postsynaptic OT receptors and trigger the Ca2+-dependent production of endocannabinoids, which act in a retrograde manner at presynaptic cannabinoid CB1 receptors to decrease GABA release. The functional consequence of this tonic inhibition of GABA release is that all inhibitory inputs facilitate uniformly when activated at high rates of activity. This causes inhibition in the postsynaptic cell that is sufficiently powerful to disrupt firing. Blockade of CB1 receptors increases P(r) at these synapses, resulting in a rapid depression of IPSCs at high rates of activity, thereby eliminating the ability of afferent inputs to inhibit postsynaptic firing. By playing a deterministic role in GABA release at the afferent nerve terminal, the postsynaptic OT neuron effectively filters synaptic signals and thereby modulates its own activity patterns.

Since the late 80s, it is recognized that functional activation of N-methyl D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) requires the binding of both glutamate and glycine. However, the surprising discovery that the wrong isomer of serine, D-serine, is present in mammals has profoundly challenged this dogmatic model of NMDARs activation. Indeed, there are accumulating evidence indicating that D-serine is the endogenous ligand for the glycine modulatory binding site in many brain areas. D-Serine is synthesized in glial cells by serine racemase (SR) and released upon activation of glutamate receptors. Here, we will provide an overview of recent findings on the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the synthesis and release of this gliotransmitter. We will also emphasize the function of this novel messenger in regulating synaptic excitatory transmission and plasticity in different brain areas. Because it fulfils all criteria for a gliotransmitter, D-serine regulatory action on glutamatergic transmission further illustrates the emerging concept of the 'tripartite synapse'.

15/06/2006 | J Physiol
Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity in the supraoptic nucleus of the rat hypothalamus.
Panatier A, Gentles SJ, Bourque CW, Oliet SH

Activity-dependent long-term synaptic changes were investigated at glutamatergic synapses in the supraoptic nucleus (SON) of the rat hypothalamus. In acute hypothalamic slices, high frequency stimulation (HFS) of afferent fibres caused long-term potentiation (LTP) of the amplitude of AMPA receptor-mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) recorded with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. LTP was also obtained in response to membrane depolarization paired with mild afferent stimulation. On the other hand, stimulating the inputs at 5 Hz for 3 min at resting membrane potential caused long-term depression (LTD) of excitatory transmission in the SON. These forms of synaptic plasticity required the activation of NMDA receptors since they were abolished in the presence of D-AP5 or ifenprodil, two selective blockers of these receptors. Analysis of paired-pulse facilitation and trial-to-trial variability indicated that LTP and LTD were not associated with changes in the probability of transmitter release, thereby suggesting that the locus of expression of these phenomena was postsynaptic. Using sharp microelectrode recordings in a hypothalamic explant preparation, we found that HFS also generates LTP at functionally defined glutamatergic synapses formed between the organum vasculosum lamina terminalis and SON neurons. Taken together, our findings indicate that glutamatergic synapses in the SON exhibit activity-dependent long-term synaptic changes similar to those prevailing in other brain areas. Such forms of plasticity could play an important role in the context of physiological responses, like dehydration or lactation, where the activity of presynaptic glutamatergic neurons is strongly increased.

19/05/2006 | Cell
Glia-derived D-serine controls NMDA receptor activity and synaptic memory.
Panatier A, Theodosis DT, Mothet JP, Touquet B, Pollegioni L, Poulain DA, Oliet SH

The NMDA receptor is a key player in excitatory transmission and synaptic plasticity in the central nervous system. Its activation requires the binding of both glutamate and a co-agonist like D-serine to its glycine site. As D-serine is released exclusively by astrocytes, we studied the physiological impact of the glial environment on NMDA receptor-dependent activity and plasticity. To this end, we took advantage of the changing astrocytic ensheathing of neurons occurring in the supraoptic nucleus during lactation. We provide direct evidence that in this hypothalamic structure the endogenous co-agonist of NMDA receptors is D-serine and not glycine. Consequently, the degree of astrocytic coverage of neurons governs the level of glycine site occupancy on the NMDA receptor, thereby affecting their availability for activation and thus the activity dependence of long-term synaptic changes. Such a contribution of astrocytes to synaptic metaplasticity fuels the emerging concept that astrocytes are dynamic partners of brain signaling.

04/2006 | Mol Cell Neurosci
Oxytocin and estrogen promote rapid formation of functional GABA synapses in the adult supraoptic nucleus
Theodosis D T, Koksma J J, Trailin A, Langle S L, Piet R, Lodder J C, Timmerman J, Mansvelder H, Poulain D A, Oliet S H, Brussaard A B

We here investigated inhibitory synapse turnover in the adult brain using the hypothalamic supraoptic nucleus where new synapses form during different physiological conditions, in particular on oxytocin neurons largely controlled by GABAergic inputs and locally released oxytocin. Patch clamp recordings and ultrastructural analysis of the nucleus in acute slices from late gestating rats showed that oxytocin and estrogen promoted rapid formation of inhibitory synapses. Thus, after 2-h exposure to a combination of oxytocin and 17-beta estradiol, the frequency of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents was significantly enhanced. Since their amplitude and presynaptic GABA release probability were unmodified, this indicated an increased number of synapses. Electron microscopy confirmed increased densities of symmetric, putative GABAergic synapses within 2-h exposure to the peptide or steroid, effects which were reversible and oxytocin receptor mediated. Our observations thus offer direct evidence that hypothalamic GABAergic microcircuitries can undergo rapid and functional remodeling under changing neuroendocrine conditions.

02/2006 | Neuron Glia Biol
Neuron-glia interactions in the hypothalamus.
Panatier A, Oliet SH

The supraoptic (SON) and paraventricular (PVN) magnocellular nuclei of the hypothalamus undergo reversible anatomical remodeling under conditions of intense secretion of neurohypophysial hormones, such as lactation and chronic dehydration. This morphological plasticity is characterized by a pronounced reduction in astrocytic coverage of neurons, which results in an increased number and extent of directly juxtaposed somatic and dendritic surfaces. As a consequence, astrocyte-mediated clearance of glutamate from the extracellular space is altered, which causes an increased concentration and range of action of the excitatory amino acid in the extracellular space. This leads to a reduction of synaptic efficacy at excitatory and inhibitory inputs through the activation of presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors. By contrast, the action of glio transmitters released from astrocytes and acting on adjacent magnocellular neurons is limited during such anatomical remodeling. This includes glia derived ATP mediating potentiation of glutamatergic transmission, a process compromised by the neuronal-glial reorganization.Together, these studies on hypothalamic magnocellular nuclei provide new insights on the contribution of glial cells on neuronal activity.

2006 | Novartis Found Symp
Functional neuronal-glial anatomical remodelling in the hypothalamus.
Oliet SH, Panatier A, Piet R

The supraoptic nucleus (SON) of the hypothalamus undergoes a striking anatomical remodelling under conditions of intense stimulations like chronic dehydration, parturition and lactation. This morphological plasticity modifies the astrocytic coverage of magnocellular neurons and their synaptic afferent inputs. These changes occur within a few hours and are completely reversible upon the cessation of the stimulation. By comparing synaptic transmission and diffusion properties before and during this neuroglial remodelling, we have been able to show that the astrocytic environment of neurons contributes to the regulation of synaptic and extrasynaptic transmission. It appears that the presence of fine astrocytic processes enveloping synapses and neuronal elements ensures two important functions. First, they control the level of activation of presynaptic metabotropic glutamate autoreceptors located on glutamatergic terminals, thereby regulating synaptic strength at excitatory synapses. Second, they constitute a physical barrier to diffusion, limiting spatially and temporally spill-over of neurotransmitters and, as a consequence, extrasynaptic transmission, a process essential for intercellular communication. Using the neuroglial anatomical remodelling of the SON as an experimental model has brought new insights into the role of glial cells in the regulation of synaptic transmission and signal processing in the brain.

05/2005 | Eur J Neurosci
Voltage-gated Ca2+ channel subtypes mediating GABAergic transmission in the rat supraoptic nucleus.
Bhaukaurally K, Panatier A, Poulain DA, Oliet SH

The supraoptic nucleus receives an abundant gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic input which is inhibited by activation of various presynaptic metabotropic receptors. We here analysed the subtypes of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels intervening in the control of transmitter release at these synapses. To address this issue, we tested various specific inhibitors of Ca2+ channels on evoked inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs). Blocking N- and P-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels with 1 micromomega-conotoxin-GVIA and 20 nmomega-agatoxin-IVA, respectively, dramatically reduced IPSC amplitude. Q- and L-type Ca2+ channels also contributed to GABAergic transmission, although to a lesser extent, as revealed by applications of 200 nmomega-agatoxin-IVA and of the dihydropyridines nifedipine (10 microm) and nimodipine (10 microm). Evoked IPSCs were insensitive to SNX-482 (300 nm), a blocker of some R-type Ca2+ channels. Analysis of selective blockade by the various antagonists suggested that multiple types of Ca2+ channels synergistically interact to trigger exocytosis at some individual GABA release sites. We next investigated whether inhibition of GABA release in response to the activation of metabotropic glutamate, GABA and adenosine receptors involved the modulation of these presynaptic Ca2+ channels. This was not the case, as the inhibitory actions of selective agonists of these receptors were unaffected by the presence of the different Ca2+ channel antagonists. This finding suggests that these metabotropic receptors modulate GABAergic transmission through a different mechanism, downstream of Ca2+ entry in the terminals, or upstream through the activation of K+ channels.

We analyzed the subtypes of group III metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) modulating inhibitory and excitatory transmission in the rat supraoptic nucleus. Bath application of the agonist l-AP4 at 200 microM, a concentration that activates all group III mGluR subtypes, inhibited the frequency but not the amplitude of miniature inhibitory and excitatory postsynaptic currents, indicating a presynaptic site of action. l-AP4 at low concentrations (10 microM), as well as ACPT-1 (50 microM), a specific mGluR III agonist, inhibited transmission at GABAergic and glutamatergic synapses to the same extent as 200 microM l-AP4. Because the potency of l-AP4 and ACPT-1 is much higher on mGluR4 and mGluR8 than on mGluR7, these results are consistent with the presence of high-affinity group III mGluRs regulating transmitter release in this nucleus. In agreement with these findings, DCPG (30 microM), a selective mGluR8 agonist, induced a significant depression of inhibitory and excitatory synaptic currents. Group III mGluRs such as mGluR8, because of their high affinity for glutamate, are particularly well suited to detect small changes in the concentration of this excitatory amino acid in the extracellular space. Their presence, therefore, may favor the negative feedback control exerted by glutamate on its own release as well as the intersynaptic crosstalk mediated by glutamate spillover on adjacent synapses.

The adult hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system (HNS) undergoes activity-dependent morphological plasticity which modifies astrocytic coverage of its oxytocinergic neurons and their synaptic inputs. Thus, during physiological conditions that enhance central and peripheral release of oxytocin (OT), adjacent somata and dendrites of OT neurons become extensively juxtaposed, without intervening astrocytic processes and receive an increased number of synapses. The morphological changes occur within a few hours and are reversible with termination of stimulation. The reduced astrocytic coverage has direct functional consequences since it modifies extracellular ionic homeostasis, synaptic transmission, and the size and geometry of the extracellular space. It also contributes indirectly to neuronal function by permitting formation of synapses on neuronal surfaces freed of astrocytic processes. Overall, such remodeling is expected to potentiate activated neuronal firing, especially in clusters of tightly packed neurons, an anatomical arrangement characterizing OT neurons. This plasticity connotes dynamic cell interactions that must bring into play cell surface and extracellular matrix adhesive proteins like those intervening in developing neuronal systems undergoing neuronal-glial and synaptogenic transformations. It is worth noting, therefore, that adult HNS neurons and glia continue to express such molecules, including polysialic acid (PSA)-enriched neural cell adhesion molecule (PSA-NCAM) and the glycoprotein, tenascin-C. PSA is a large, complex sugar on the extracellular domain of NCAM considered a negative regulator of adhesion; it occurs in large amounts on the surfaces of HNS neurons and astrocytes. Tenascin-C, on the other hand, possesses adhesive and repulsive properties; it is secreted by HNS astrocytes and occurs in extracellular spaces and on cell surfaces after interaction with appropriate ligands. These molecules have been considered permissive factors for morphological plasticity. However, because of their localization and inherent properties, they may also serve to modulate the extracellular environment and in consequence, synaptic and volume transmission in a system in which the extracellular compartment is constantly being modified.

Astrocytes clear synaptically released glutamate from the extracellular space through high-affinity transporters present on their plasma membrane. By controlling the extracellular level of the main excitatory transmitter in the central nervous system, astrocytes thus contribute prominently to the regulation of overall cellular excitability and synaptic information processing. We recently investigated the influence of the glial environment on glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmission in the supraoptic nucleus of the rat hypothalamus under physiological conditions such as lactation that significantly reduce astrocytic coverage of its neurons. By performing electrophysiological analyses on this unique model of dynamic neuronal-glial interactions, we have been able to show that the fine astrocytic processes normally enwrapping synapses serve two important functions. First, they govern the level of activation of presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors on glutamatergic terminals, thereby regulating synaptic efficacy at excitatory synapses. Second, they act as a physical and functional barrier to diffusion in the extracellular space, limiting spillover of glutamate and other neuroactive substances and therefore contributing to the regulation of heterosynaptic transmission and intercellular communication.

Astrocytes, besides supporting metabolic and scaffolding functions, play a prominent role in the modulation of neuronal communication. In particular, they are responsible for clearing synaptically-released glutamate via highly specific transporters located on their plasma membrane. Since glutamate is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS), astrocytes are likely to play a central role in the regulation of synaptic processing and overall cellular excitability. We recently investigated the influence of astrocytes on glutamatergic and GABAergic transmission in the rat supraoptic nucleus (SON) of the hypothalamus. This nucleus is part of the hypothalamus-neurohypophysial system (HNS), which constitutes a conspicuous example of activity-dependent neuroglial plasticity, in which certains physiological conditions, such as parturition, lactation, and dehydration are accompanied by a structural remodeling of the neurones, their synaptic inputs and their surrounding glia. The use of pharmacological inhibitors of glutamate transporters on this model, in which a physiological change in the astrocyte environment occurs, has brought new insights on the contribution of astrocytes to both excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmissions. The astrocytic environment of neurons appears to control glutamate uptake and diffusion in the extracellular space. This has direct repercussions on the tonic level of activation of presynaptic glutamate receptors and, as a consequence, on the release of neurotransmitter. This short review summarizes data obtained so far, which clearly support the view that astrocytes are indeed a third partner in synaptic transmission, and which show that the supraoptic nucleus represents a remarkable model to study dynamic physiological interactions between astrocytes and neurons.

The adult hypothalamic-neurohypophysial system undergoes activity-dependent morphological plasticity that modifies the astrocytic enwrapping of its magnocellular neurones. For a long time, the functional consequences of such changes have remained hypothetical. Modifications in the glial environment of neurones are expected to have important physiological repercussions in view of the various functions played by astrocytes in the central nervous system. In particular, glial cells are essential for uptake of neurotransmitters, including glutamate, and for physically and functionally restricting diffusion of neuroactive substances within the extracellular space. Recent studies performed in the supraoptic nucleus of lactating and chronically dehydrated animals, in conditions where astrocytic coverage of neurones is reduced, have revealed a significant impairment of glutamate clearance. The resulting accumulation of the excitatory amino acid in the extracellular space around glutamatergic inputs causes an enhanced activation of presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors that inhibit transmitter release. In the supraoptic nucleus of lactating rats, neuroglial remodelling is accompanied by modification of the geometry, size and diffusion properties of the extracellular space. The latter observations suggest that, in the activated supraoptic nucleus, the range of action and the concentration of released neuroactive substances may be significantly enhanced. Overall, our observations indicate that the glial environment of supraoptic neurones influences synaptic glutamatergic transmission, as well as extrasynaptic forms of communication.

17/02/2004 | Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Physiological contribution of the astrocytic environment of neurons to intersynaptic crosstalk.
Piet R, Vargova L, Sykova E, Poulain DA, Oliet SH

Interactions between separate synaptic inputs converging on the same target appear to contribute to the fine-tuning of information processing in the central nervous system. Intersynaptic crosstalk is made possible by transmitter spillover from the synaptic cleft and its diffusion over a distance to neighboring synapses. This is the case for glutamate, which inhibits gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic transmission in several brain regions through the activation of presynaptic receptors. Such heterosynaptic modulation depends on factors that influence diffusion in the extracellular space (ECS). Because glial cells represent a physical barrier to diffusion and, in addition, are essential for glutamate uptake, we investigated the physiological contribution of the astrocytic environment of neurons to glutamate-mediated intersynaptic communication in the brain. Here we show that the reduced astrocytic coverage of magnocellular neurons occurring in the supraoptic nucleus of lactating rats facilitates diffusion in the ECS, as revealed by tortuosity and volume fraction measurements. Under these conditions, glutamate spillover, monitored through metabotropic glutamate receptor-mediated depression of GABAergic transmission, is greatly enhanced. Conversely, impeding diffusion with dextran largely prevents crosstalk between glutamatergic and GABAergic afferent inputs. Astrocytes, therefore, by hindering diffusion in the ECS, regulate intersynaptic communication between neighboring synapses and, probably, overall volume transmission in the brain.

2004 | Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Physiological contribution of the astrocytic environnement of neurons on intersynaptic crosstalk
Piet R, Vargova L, Sykova E, Oliet S

The mechanism by which dopamine induces or facilitates neurohypophysial hormone release is not completely understood. Because oxytocin- and vasopressin-secreting supraoptic neurons are under the control of a prominent GABAergic inhibition, we investigated the possibility that dopamine exerts its action by modulating GABA-mediated transmission. Whole cell voltage-clamp recordings of supraoptic neurons were carried out in acute hypothalamic slices to determine the action of dopamine on inhibitory postsynaptic currents. Application of dopamine caused a consistent and reversible reduction in the frequency, but not the amplitude, of miniature synaptic events, indicating that dopamine was acting presynaptically to reduce GABAergic transmission. The subtype of dopamine receptor involved in this response was characterized pharmacologically. Dopamine inhibitory action was greatly reduced by two highly selective D4 receptor antagonists L745,870 and L750,667 and to a lower extent by the antipsychotic drug clozapine but was unaffected by SCH 23390 and sulpiride, D1/D5 and D2/D3 receptor antagonists, respectively. In agreement with these results, the action of dopamine was mimicked by the potent D4 receptor agonist PD168077 but not by SKF81297 and bromocriptine, D1/D5 and D2/D3 receptor agonists, respectively. Dopamine and PD168077 also reduced the amplitude of evoked inhibitory postsynaptic currents, an effect that was accompanied by an increase in paired-pulse facilitation. These data clearly indicate that D4 receptors are located on GABA terminals in the supraoptic nucleus and that their activation reduces GABA release in the supraoptic nucleus. Therefore dopaminergic facilitation of neurohypophysial hormone release appears to result, at least in part, from disinhibition of magnocellular neurons caused by the depression of GABAergic transmission.

05/2003 | Eur J Neurosci
Modulation of GABAergic transmission by endogenous glutamate in the rat supraoptic nucleus.
Piet R, Bonhomme R, Theodosis DT, Poulain DA, Oliet SH

The presence of group III metabotropic glutamate receptors on GABAergic terminals in the supraoptic nucleus suggests that the level of glutamate in the extracellular space may regulate synaptic strength at inhibitory synapses. To test this hypothesis we examined the consequences of increasing ambient glutamate on GABA-mediated synaptic activity in supraoptic neurons. The concentration of the excitatory amino acid in the extracellular space was increased pharmacologically by blocking glutamate transporters. Inhibition of the astrocyte-specific GLT-1 glutamate transporter led to a reversible decrease in evoked inhibitory postsynaptic current amplitude. This modulation had a presynaptic origin as revealed by analysis of paired-pulse ratio and miniature inhibitory currents. Furthermore, blocking group III metabotropic glutamate receptors with the specific antagonist MAP4 prevented the depression of GABAergic transmission induced by glutamate transporter blockade. Thus, presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors located on inhibitory terminals in the supraoptic nucleus appear to sense changes in ambient glutamate and modify GABA release accordingly. However, it seems that such changes need to reach a certain magnitude because the discrete deficit in glutamate clearance which occurs in the supraoptic nucleus of lactating rats is not sufficient to modulate GABA-mediated transmission. These results suggest that ambient glutamate contributes to the modulation of synaptic efficacy not only at glutamatergic synapses but also at inhibitory GABAergic synapses.

2003 | Eur J Neurosci
Modulation of GABAergic transmission by endogenous glutamate in the rat supraoptic nucleus
Piet R, Bonhomme R, Theodosis D, Poulain D, Oliet S

One of the functions of astroglial cells in the central nervous system is to clear synaptically-released glutamate from the extracellular space. This is performed thanks to specific transporters of the excitatory amino acid expressed on their surface. The way by which astrocytic glutamate uptake contributes to synaptic transmission has been investigated via numerous experimental approaches but has never been addressed under conditions where neuroglial interactions are physiologically modified. Recently, we took advantage of the neuroglial plastic properties of the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system to examine the consequences of a physiological reduction in the astrocytic coverage of neurons on glutamatergic synaptic transmission. This experimental model has brought some insights on the physiological interactions between glial cells and neurons at the level of the synapse. In particular, it has revealed that the degree of glial coverage of neurons influences glutamate concentration at the vicinity of excitatory synapses and, as a consequence, affects the level of activation of presynaptic glutamate receptors. Astrocytes, therefore, appear to contribute to the regulation of neuronal excitability by modulating synaptic efficacy at glutamatergic nerve terminals.

The supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus undergo reversible anatomical changes under conditions of intense neurohypophysial hormone secretion, such as lactation, parturition and chronic dehydration. This morphological remodelling includes a reduction in astrocytic coverage of neurones resulting in an increase in the number and extent of directly juxtaposed somatic and dendritic surfaces. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that such anatomical plasticity is of functional significance. Astrocytic-dependent clearance of electrolytes and neurotransmitters from the extracellular space appears to be altered under conditions where glial coverage of magnocellular neurones is reduced. Glutamate, for example, has been found to accumulate in the extracellular space in the supraoptic nucleus of lactating animals and cause a modulation of synaptic efficacy. On the other hand, the range of action of substances released from astrocytes and acting on adjacent magnocellular neurones is expected to be limited during such anatomical remodelling. It thus appears that the structural plasticity of the magnocellular nuclei does affect neuroglial interactions, inducing significant changes in signal transmission and processing.

Analysis of excitatory synaptic transmission in the rat hypothalamic supraoptic nucleus revealed that glutamate clearance and, as a consequence, glutamate concentration and diffusion in the extracellular space, is associated with the degree of astrocytic coverage of its neurons. Reduction in glutamate clearance, whether induced pharmacologically or associated with a relative decrease of glial coverage in the vicinity of synapses, affected transmitter release through modulation of presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptors. Astrocytic wrapping of neurons, therefore, contributes to the regulation of synaptic efficacy in the central nervous system.

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1. The effects of adenosine on synaptic transmission in magnocellular neurosecretory cells were investigated using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in acute rat hypothalamic slices that included the supraoptic nucleus. 2. Adenosine reversibly reduced the amplitude of evoked inhibitory (IPSCs) and excitatory (EPSCs) postsynaptic currents in a dose-dependent manner (IC50 approximately 10 microM for both types of current). 3. Depression of IPSCs and EPSCs by adenosine was reversed by the application of the A1 adenosine receptor antagonist 8-cyclopentyl-1, 3-dimethylxanthine (CPT; 10 microM). 4. When pairs of stimuli were given at short intervals, adenosine inhibitory action was always less effective on the second of the two responses than on the first, resulting in an increased paired-pulse facilitation and suggesting a presynaptic site of action. This observation was confirmed by analysis of spontaneous miniature synaptic currents whose frequency, but not amplitude or kinetics, was reversibly reduced by 100 microM adenosine. 5. CPT had no effect on synaptic responses evoked at a low frequency of stimulation (0.05-0.5 Hz), indicating the absence of tonic activation of A1 receptors under these recording conditions. However, CPT inhibited a time-dependent depression of both IPSCs and EPSCs induced during a 1 Hz train of stimuli. 6. Taken together, these results suggest that adenosine can be released within the supraoptic nucleus at a concentration sufficient to inhibit the release of GABA and glutamate via the activation of presynaptic A1 receptors. By its inhibitory feedback action on the major afferent inputs to oxytocin and vasopressin neurones, adenosine could optimally adjust electrical and secretory activities of hypothalamic magnocellular neurones.

01/09/1998 | J Neurosci
Evidence for a hypothalamic oxytocin-sensitive pattern-generating network governing oxytocin neurons in vitro.
Jourdain P, Israel JM, Dupouy B, Oliet SH, Allard M, Vitiello S, Theodosis DT, Poulain DA

During lactation and parturition, magnocellular oxytocin (OT) neurons display a characteristic bursting electrical activity responsible for pulsatile OT release. We investigated this activity using hypothalamic organotypic slice cultures enriched in magnocellular OT neurons. As shown here, the neurons are functional and actively secrete amidated OT into the cultures. Intracellular recordings were made from 23 spontaneously bursting and 28 slow irregular neurons, all identified as oxytocinergic with biocytin and immunocytochemistry. The bursting electrical activity was similar to that described in vivo and was characterized by bursts of action potentials (20.1 +/- 4.3 Hz) lasting approximately 6 sec, over an irregular background activity. OT (0.1-1 microM), added to the medium, increased burst frequency, reducing interburst intervals by 70%. The peptide also triggered bursting in 27% of nonbursting neurons. These effects were mimicked by the oxytocin receptor (OTR) agonist [Thr4, Gly7]-OT and inhibited by the OTR antagonist desGly-NH2d(CH2)5[D-Tyr2,Thr4]OVT. Burst rhythmicity was independent of membrane potential. Hyperpolarization of the cells unmasked volleys of afferent EPSPs underlying the bursts, which were blocked by CNQX, an AMPA/kainate receptor antagonist. Our results reveal that OT neurons are part of a hypothalamic rhythmic network in which a glutamatergic input governs burst generation. OT neurons, in turn, exert a positive feedback on their afferent drive through the release of OT.

We have found that two distinct forms of long-term depression (LTD), one dependent on the activation of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) and the other dependent on the activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs), coexist in pyramidal cells of the CA1 region of the hippocampus of juvenile rats (11-35 days). Both forms were pathway specific, required membrane depolarization, and were blocked by chelating postsynaptic Ca2+ with BAPTA. The mGluR-LTD, but not the NMDAR-LTD, was blocked by the T-type Ca2+ channel blocker Ni2+ and intracellular administration of a protein kinase C inhibitory peptide. In contrast, the protein phosphatase inhibitor Microcystin LR blocked NMDAR-LTD, but not mGluR-LTD. NMDAR-LTD is associated with a decrease in the size of quantal excitatory postsynaptic currents, whereas for mGluR-LTD there was no change in quantal size, but a large decrease in the frequency of events. While mGluR-LTD did not interact with NMDAR-dependent long term potentiation (LTP), NMDAR-LTD was capable of reversing LTP. Prior saturation of mGluR-LTD had no effect on NMDAR-LTD. NMDAR-LTD and mGluR-LTD thus appear to be mechanistically distinct forms of synaptic plasticity in that they share neither induction nor expression mechanisms.

Two distinct forms of long-term depression (LTD), one dependent on the activation of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) and the other dependent on the activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs), are shown to coexist in CA1 hippocampal pyramidal cells of juvenile (11-35 day-old) rats. Both forms were pathway specific and required membrane depolarization and a rise in postsynaptic Ca2+. mGluR-LTD, but not NMDAR-LTD, required the activation of T-type Ca2+ channels, group 1 mGluRs, and protein kinase C, while NMDAR-LTD, but not mGluR-LTD, required protein phosphatase activity. NMDAR-LTD was associated with a decrease in the size of quantal excitatory postsynaptic currents, whereas for mGluR-LTD there was no change in quantal size, but a large decrease in the frequency of events. NMDAR-LTD, but not mGluR-LTD, reversed NMDAR-dependent long-term potentiation, and NMDAR-LTD was unaffected by prior saturation of mGluR-LTD. These findings indicate that NMDAR-LTD and mGluR-LTD are mechanistically distinct forms of synaptic plasticity.

1997 | Annu Rev Physiol
Osmoreceptors in the central nervous system.
Bourque CW, Oliet SH

Osmoreceptors regulate sodium and water balance in a manner that maintains the osmotic pressure of the extracellular fluid (ECF) near an ideal set point. In rats, the concerted release of oxytocin and vasopressin, which is determined by the firing rate of magnocellular neurosecretory cells (MNCs), plays a key role in osmoregulation through the effects of natriuresis and diuresis. Changes in excitatory synaptic drive, derived from osmosensitive neurons in the organum vasculosum lamina terminalis (OVLT), combine with endogenously generated osmoreceptor potentials to modulate the firing rate of MNCs. The cellular basis for osmoreceptor potentials has been characterized using patch-clamp recordings and morphometric analysis in MNCs isolated from the supraoptic nucleus of the adult rat. In these cells, stretch-inactivated cationic channels transduce osmotically evoked changes in cell volume into functionally relevant changes in membrane potential. The experimental details of these mechanisms are reviewed in their physiological context.

Analysis of strontium-induced asynchronous release of quanta from stimulated synapses revealed that long-term potentiation and long-term depression in the CA1 region of the mammalian hippocampus are associated with an increase and a decrease, respectively, in quantal size. At a single set of synapses, the increase in quantal size seen with long-term potentiation was completely reversed by depotentiating stimuli. Long-term potentiation and depression are also associated with an increase and decrease, respectively, in the frequency of quantal events, consistent with an all-or-none regulation (up or down) of clusters of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors, a change in the release of transmitter, or both.

Stretch-sensitive ion channels are ubiquitous, yet evidence of their role in mechanotransduction remains scarce. The presence of stretch-inactivated cation channels in supraoptic neurons is consistent with the osmoreceptor potentials regulating vasopressin release. However, whether osmosensitivity depends on mechanical gating and ion flux through stretch-inactivated channels is unknown. Here we report that changes in channel open probability associated either with modification of pipette pressure or with external osmolality selectivity result from variations in closed time. While channel mechanosensitivity and osmotically evoked changes in cell volume are not affected by gadolinium, similar concentrations of the lanthanide inhibit cation permeation through the single channels and macroscopic osmoreceptor potentials. Mechanotransduction through stretch-inactivated channels is therefore necessary for osmoreception in supraoptic neurons.

1996 | J Physiol Paris
Expression mechanisms of long-term potentiation in the hippocampus.
Isaac JT, Oliet SH, Hjelmstad GO, Nicoll RA, Malenka RC

We have taken a number of different experimental approaches to address whether long-term potentiation (LTP) in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cells is due primarily to presynaptic or postsynaptic modifications. Examination of miniature EPSCs or EPSCs evoked using minimal stimulation indicate that quantal size increasing during LTP. The conversion of silent to functional synapses may contribute to the LTP-induced changes in mEPSC frequency and failure rate that previously have been attributed to an increase in the probability if transmitter release.

09/1995 | J Neuroendocrinol
Effects of activin-A on neurons acutely isolated from the rat supraoptic nucleus.
Oliet SH, Plotsky PM, Bourque CW

Nerve fibers containing activin-like immunoreactivity have been shown to be present within the area of the supraoptic nucleus. In this study, whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from supraoptic magnocellular neurosecretory cells were used to characterize the electrophysiological effects of this peptide. Nanomolar concentrations of recombinant activin-A caused the appearance of a voltage-independent current reversing near -40 mV. At resting potential, membrane depolarization caused by this current was sufficient to accelerate action potential discharge, suggesting that activin receptors expressed on magnocellular neurosecretory cells may play a role in the control of neurohypophysial hormone release.

09/1994 | Front Neuroendocrin
Osmoreceptors, osmoreception, and osmoregulation.
Bourque CW, Oliet SH, Richard D

Mammals have evolved sophisticated behavioral and physiological responses to oppose changes in the osmolality of their extracellular fluid. The behavioral approach consists of regulating the intake of salt and water through changes in sodium appetite and thirst. The physiological approach comprises adjustments of renal excretion of water and sodium which are achieved through changes in the release of antidiuretic and natriuretic hormones. Individually, these osmoregulatory responses are controlled by 'osmoreceptors': groups of specialized nerve cells capable of transducing changes in external osmotic pressure into meaningful electrical signals. Some of these sensors are located in the region of the hepatic portal vein, a strategic site allowing early detection of the osmotic impact of ingested foods and fluids. Changes in systemic osmolality, however, are detected centrally, within regions that include the medial preoptic area, the median preoptic nucleus, the organum vasculosum lamina terminalis (OVLT), the subfornical organ, and the supraoptic nucleus (SON). While studies have indicated that these central and peripheral osmoreceptors participate in the control of osmoregulatory responses, little is known of the mechanisms by which this is achieved. One notable exception, however, consists of the osmotic control of electrical activity in SON neurons which, in the rat, contributes to the regulation of natriuresis and diuresis through effects on the secretion of oxytocin and vasopressin. Previous studies have shown that these cells are respectively excited and inhibited by hypertonic and hypotonic conditions. Experiments in vitro indicate that these responses result from both the endogenous osmosensitivity of these cells and changes in synaptic drive. Patch-clamp analysis has revealed that SON neurons are respectively depolarized and hyperpolarized by increases and decreases in external osmolality and that these intrinsic responses result from changes in the activity of mechanosensitive cationic channels. Moreover, intracellular recordings in hypothalamic explants have shown that changes in electrical activity are associated with proportional changes in the frequency of glutamatergic excitatory postsynaptic potentials derived from osmosensitive OVLT neurons. Both of these mechanisms, therefore, may participate in the osmotic regulation of neurohypophysial hormone release in situ.

Recognizing that osmotic pressure is a principal factor controlling antidiuresis, Verney introduced the term 'osmoreceptor' to designate the mysterious cerebral structures that regulate vasopressin release from the posterior pituitary. While hormone secretion from the neurohypophysis is influenced by synaptic inputs from other osmoresponsive neurons, magnocellular neurosecretory cells currently provide our most comprehensive model of signal detection in an osmoreceptor.

Whole cell patch-clamp recordings were obtained from isolated rat supraoptic nucleus magnocellular neurosecretory cells (MNCs). Under current clamping, hyperosmolality produced by the addition of 10-30 mM mannitol depolarized each of 25 cells tested. In contrast, reducing fluid osmolality from 295 to 265 mosmol/kgH2O had the reverse effect, hyperpolarizing 18 of 21 MNCs. Voltage-clamp recordings in 43 cells revealed that the effects of hypo- and hyperosmolality, respectively, were caused by decreases and increases in a nonselective cation conductance reversing near -41 mV. Current-voltage analysis in Na(+)-free solution revealed that the reversal potentials of currents elicited by increases and decreases in osmolality both shifted to a value near -90 mV, suggesting that a single ionic conductance is modulated by these stimuli. The relation between cationic conductance and osmolality was specific, sensitive (+2.14%.mosmol-1.kgH2O-1), and well-fit by linear regression (r = 0.96; n = 22 cells) between 275 and 325 mosmol/kgH2O. These results indicate that MNCs express a depolarizing current that is active under steady-state conditions and that the up- or downregulation of this current contributes to the excitation or inhibition of these cells upon acute exposure to hypo- or hyperosmolar conditions.

22/07/1993 | Ann N Y Acad Sci
Extrinsic and intrinsic modulatory mechanisms involved in regulating the electrical activity of supraoptic neurons.
Bourque CW, Oliet SH, Kirkpatrick K, Richard D, Fisher TE

Vasopressin is a peptide hormone synthesized by neurons of the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei, which project axon terminals to the neurohypophysis. Consistent with its antidiuretic properties, vasopressin release rises as a function of plasma osmolality, a response that results from accelerated action potential discharge. Previous studies have shown that increases in fluid osmolality depolarize supraoptic neurons in the absence of synaptic transmission, suggesting that these cells behave as intrinsic osmoreceptors. The mechanism by which changes in osmolality are transduced into an electrical signal is unknown, however. Here we report that changes in cell volume accompany physiological variations in fluid osmolality and that these modulate the activity of mechanosensitive cation channels in a way that is consistent with the macroscopic regulation of membrane voltage and action potential discharge. These findings define a function for stretch-inactivated channels in mammalian central neurons.

1. Magnocellular neurosecretory cells (MNCs) were isolated from the supraoptic nucleus of adult Long-Evans rats using an enzymatic procedure. Immunocytochemical staining with antibodies against vasopressin and oxytocin revealed that MNCs can be identified by size. The membrane properties of these cells were examined at 32-34 degrees C using intracellular recording methods. 2. Isolated MNCs displayed a mean (+/- S.E.M.; n = 109) resting membrane potential of -64.1 +/- 1.0 mV, an input resistance of 571 +/- 34 M omega, and a time constant of 8.7 +/- 0.4 ms. Measurements of specific resistivity and input capacitance revealed that the soma of these cells accounts for a mere 20% of their total somato-dendritic membrane in situ. 3. Voltage-current relations measured near -60 mV were linear negative to spike threshold. From more hyperpolarized membrane potentials, voltage responses to depolarizing current steps displayed transient outward rectification and delayed impulse discharge. 4. Action potentials (76.6 +/- 0.9 mV) triggered from an apparent threshold of -59.3 +/- 0.1 mV broadened progressively at the onset of spontaneous or current-evoked spike trains. Steady-state spike duration increased as a logarithmic function of firing frequency with a maximum near 25 Hz. These effects were abolished in Ca(2+)-free solutions. 5. In all cells, evoked spike trains were followed by a prolonged Ca(2+)-sensitive after-hyperpolarization. In contrast, only a small proportion (16%) of MNCs displayed spontaneous bursting activity or depolarizing after-potentials following brief current-evoked bursts. 6. Isolated MNCs responded to amino acids (glutamate and GABA) and to the neuropeptide cholecystokinin, indicating that receptors for these neurotransmitters are expressed postsynaptically by MNCs and are retained following dissociation. 7. Increasing the osmolality of the superfusing solution by 5-30 mosmol kg-1 caused a membrane depolarization associated with a decrease of input resistance and accelerated spontaneous spike discharge in each of thirty-six MNCs tested. Current-clamp analysis suggested that these responses resulted from the activation of a cationic conductance. Excitatory effects of hyperosmolality were not observed in non-magnocellular neurones (n = 6).

1. The sensitivity of cromakalim-activated current (Icrom) to manipulations of extracellular cationic composition was examined in whole-cell voltage clamp recordings from freshly-dispersed, adult guinea-pig ventricular myocytes. In bathing media with different concentrations of K+ (1, 2.5, 5.4 and 12 mM) the Icrom reversal potential (Erev) varied in strict correspondance with the K+ equilibrium potential and inward Icrom amplitude was proportional to the external K+ concentration. 2. Replacement of 12mM K+ with 12mM Rb+ induced a slight positive shift of Erev indicating that PRb+/PK+ = 1.06. K+ replacement with 12mM Cs+ reduced or abolished inward Icrom and produced a negative shift of Erev by at least 50 mV; an upper limit of PCs+/PK+ was fixed at 0.18. 3. Addition of Rb+ (1-30 mM) to 2.5 mM K(+)-containing medium produced a concentration-dependent increase in inward Icrom and positive shift of Erev suggesting that K+ and Rb+ have similar permeabilities and conductivities and do not interfere with each other in the channel. 4. CS+ (0.01-30 mM), added to medium containing 12 mM Rb+, induced a potent, voltage-dependent inhibition of inwardly rectifying current (IK1; IC50 = 0.2-3 mM). Voltage-dependent inhibition of inward Icrom was observed only at considerably higher CS+ concentrations (IC50 = 4-30 mM). Extracellular Rb+ and CS+ did not substantially alter the amplitude of outward Icrom. 5. The results support the contention that the ATP-sensitive K+ channel is the primary target of cromakalim action in ventricular myocytes.