Associative mossy fibre LTP induced by pairing presynaptic stimulation with postsynaptic hyperpolarization of CA3 neurons in rat hippocampal slice

Maxim V. Sokolov, Alexej V. Rossokhin, Alexander M. Kasyanov, Sonia Gasparini, Nicola Berretta, Enrico Cherubini, Leon L. Voronin

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Whole cell recordings of excitatory postsynaptic potentials/currents (EPSPs/EPSCs) evoked by minimal stimulation of commissural-associative (CF) and mossy fibre (MF) inputs were performed in CA3 pyramidal neurons. Paired responses (at 50 ms intervals) were recorded before, during and after hyperpolarization of the postsynaptic membrane (20-30 mV for 15-35 min). Membrane hyperpolarization produced a supralinear increase of EPSPs/EPSCs amplitude in MF-inputs. Synaptic responses remained potentiated for the rest of the recording period (up to 40 min) after resetting the membrane potential to control level (221 ± 60%, n = 15 and 219 ± 61%, n = 11 for MF-EPSP and MF-EPSC, respectively). We shall refer to this effect as hyperpolarization-induced LTP (HI-LTP). In the absence of afferent stimulation, membrane hyperpolarization was unable to produce HI-LTP. In contrast to MF-EPSPs, the mean amplitude of CF-EPSPs did not increase significantly after hyperpolarization relative to controls (138 ± 29%, n = 22). HI-LTP was associated with modifications of classical indices of presynaptic release: paired-pulse facilitation, failures rate, coefficient of variation of EPSP amplitudes and quantal content. The induction of HI-LTP was NMDA independent but was dependent on metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) activation and calcium release from inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP3)-sensitive intracellular stores: it was prevented by mGluR antagonist, intracellular heparin and BAPTA. We conclude that while the induction of HI-LTP was postsynaptic, its expression was presynaptic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1425-1437
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003



  • Ephaptic feedback
  • Increased glutamate release
  • Intercellular communication
  • Intracellular calcium
  • Metabotropic glutamate receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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