A Critical Period for Enhanced Synaptic Plasticity in Newly Generated Neurons of the Adult Brain

Shaoyu Ge, Chih hao Yang, Kuei sen Hsu, Guo li Ming, Hongjun Song

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Abstract

Active adult neurogenesis occurs in discrete brain regions of all mammals and is widely regarded as a neuronal replacement mechanism. Whether adult-born neurons make unique contributions to brain functions is largely unknown. Here we systematically characterized synaptic plasticity of retrovirally labeled adult-born dentate granule cells at different stages during their neuronal maturation. We identified a critical period between 1 and 1.5 months of the cell age when adult-born neurons exhibit enhanced long-term potentiation with increased potentiation amplitude and decreased induction threshold. Furthermore, such enhanced plasticity in adult-born neurons depends on developmentally regulated synaptic expression of NR2B-containing NMDA receptors. Our study demonstrates that adult-born neurons exhibit the same classic critical period plasticity as neurons in the developing nervous system. The transient nature of such enhanced plasticity may provide a fundamental mechanism allowing adult-born neurons within the critical period to serve as major mediators of experience-induced plasticity while maintaining stability of the mature circuitry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-566
Number of pages8
JournalNeuron
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 24 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Neuronal Plasticity
Neurons
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Neurogenesis
Nervous System
Mammals

Keywords

  • MOLNEURO
  • STEMCELL
  • SYSNEURO

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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A Critical Period for Enhanced Synaptic Plasticity in Newly Generated Neurons of the Adult Brain. / Ge, Shaoyu; Yang, Chih hao; Hsu, Kuei sen; Ming, Guo li; Song, Hongjun.

In: Neuron, Vol. 54, No. 4, 24.05.2007, p. 559-566.

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Ge, Shaoyu ; Yang, Chih hao ; Hsu, Kuei sen ; Ming, Guo li ; Song, Hongjun. / A Critical Period for Enhanced Synaptic Plasticity in Newly Generated Neurons of the Adult Brain. In: Neuron. 2007 ; Vol. 54, No. 4. pp. 559-566.
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