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Characterization of the synaptic connectivity patterns of genetically defined neuron types in circuits that regulate dopamine and serotonin
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Lateral Habenula (LHb) have been implicated in both reward-seeking behavior and in depressive disorders due to its modulatory effects on dopamine rich areas. Excitatory projections from LHb target GABAergic interneurons of both ventral tegmental area (VTA) and rostromedial tegmental nucleus (RMTg) and consequently provide strong inhibition on VTA‟s dopaminergic neurons. These reward related signals are provided to LHb from distinct neuronal populations in internal Globus Pallidus (GPi). Here by using a dual viral combination of an adeno-associated helper virus (AAV) and a genetically modified rabies virus that displays specific transsynaptic retrograde spread we are providing anatomical evidence for a strong innervations of the LHb by VGLUT2+ glutaminergic and SOM+ GABAergic GPi neurons. Our results provide the first direct evidence for both an excitatory and an inhibitory projection m, from GPi to the LHb. Given the importance of the LHb as a modulatory nucleus of the dopaminergic system, the definition of its connectivity and function will give valuable insights in the understanding of both reward-seeking behavior and depressive disorders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 45 p.
TRITA-STH, 2014: 97
Keyword [en]
neuroscience, lateral habenula, optogenetics, neuronal populations, neurons, brain, dopamine, serotonin, dual viral system, retrograde viral tracing, globus pallidus, rabies virus, reward, basal ganglia
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Medical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-154201OAI: diva2:755541
Subject / course
Medical Engineering
Educational program
Master of Science - Medical Engineering
Available from: 2014-10-28 Created: 2014-10-14 Last updated: 2014-10-28Bibliographically approved

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