The critical role of Golgi cells in regulating spatio-temporal integration and plasticity at the cerebellum input stage

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Abstract

The discovery of the Golgi cell is bound to the foundation of the Neuron Doctrine. Recently, the excitable mechanisms of this inhibitory interneuron have been investigated with modern experimental and computational techniques raising renewed interest for the implications it might have for cerebellar circuit functions. Golgi cells are pacemakers with preferential response frequency and phase-reset in the theta-frequency band and can therefore impose specific temporal dynamics to granule cell responses. Moreover, through their connectivity, Golgi cells determine the spatio-temporal organization of cerebellar activity. Finally, Golgi cells, by controlling granule cell depolarization and NMDA channel unblock, regulate the induction of long-term synaptic plasticity at the mossy fiber - granule cell synapse. Thus, the Golgi cells can exert an extensive control on spatio-temporal signal organization and information storage in the granular layer playing a critical role for cerebellar computation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
Volume2
Issue numberJUL
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Cerebellum
  • Golgi cell
  • LTP and LTD
  • Synaptic inhibition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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