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Voltage dependence of subthreshold resonance frequency in layer ii of medial entorhinal cortex

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  • Christopher F. Shay,

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    1. Center for Memory and Brain, Department of Psychology, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Christopher F. Shay, Center for Memory and Brain, Department of Psychology, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Boston University, 2 Cummington St, Room 109, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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  • Ian S. Boardman,

    1. Center for Memory and Brain, Department of Psychology, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Nicholas M. James,

    1. Center for Memory and Brain, Department of Psychology, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Michael E. Hasselmo

    1. Center for Memory and Brain, Department of Psychology, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
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Abstract

The resonance properties of individual neurons in entorhinal cortex (EC) may contribute to their functional properties in awake, behaving rats. Models propose that entorhinal grid cells could arise from shifts in the intrinsic frequency of neurons caused by changes in membrane potential owing to depolarizing input from neurons coding velocity. To test for potential changes in intrinsic frequency, we measured the resonance properties of neurons at different membrane potentials in neurons in medial and lateral EC. In medial entorhinal neurons, the resonant frequency of individual neurons decreased in a linear manner as the membrane potential was depolarized between −70 and −55 mV. At more hyperpolarized membrane potentials, cells asymptotically approached a maximum resonance frequency. Consistent with the previous studies, near resting potential, the cells of the medial EC possessed a decreasing gradient of resonance frequency along the dorsal to ventral axis, and cells of the lateral EC lacked resonant properties, regardless of membrane potential or position along the medial to lateral axis within lateral EC. Application of 10 μM ZD7288, the H-channel blocker, abolished all resonant properties in MEC cells, and resulted in physiological properties very similar to lateral EC cells. These results on resonant properties show a clear change in frequency response with depolarization that could contribute to the generation of grid cell firing properties in the medial EC. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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