Septohippocampal transmission from parvalbumin-positive neurons features rapid recovery from synaptic depression

Feng Yi, Tavita Garrett, Karl Deisseroth, Heikki Haario, Emily Stone, J. Josh Lawrence

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Parvalbumin-containing projection neurons of the medial-septum-diagonal band of Broca (PV MS-DBB) are essential for hippocampal rhythms and learning operations yet are poorly understood at cellular and synaptic levels. We combined electrophysiological, optogenetic, and modeling approaches to investigate PV MS-DBB neuronal properties. PV MS-DBB neurons had intrinsic membrane properties distinct from acetylcholine- and somatostatin-containing MS-DBB subtypes. Viral expression of the fast-kinetic channelrhodopsin ChETA-YFP elicited action potentials to brief (1–2 ms) 470 nm light pulses. To investigate PV MS-DBB transmission, light pulses at 5–50 Hz frequencies generated trains of inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) in CA1 stratum oriens interneurons. Using a similar approach, optogenetic activation of local hippocampal PV (PV HC) neurons generated trains of PV HC-mediated IPSCs in CA1 pyramidal neurons. Both synapse types exhibited short-term depression (STD) of IPSCs. However, relative to PV HC synapses, PV MS-DBB synapses possessed lower initial release probability, transiently resisted STD at gamma (20–50 Hz) frequencies, and recovered more rapidly from synaptic depression. Experimentally-constrained mathematical synapse models explored mechanistic differences. Relative to the PV HC model, the PV MS-DBB model exhibited higher sensitivity to calcium accumulation, permitting a faster rate of calcium-dependent recovery from STD. In conclusion, resistance of PV MS-DBB synapses to STD during short gamma bursts enables robust long-range GABAergic transmission from MS-DBB to hippocampus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2117
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021


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