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Cell Class specific modulation of attentional signals by acetylcholine in macaque frontal eye field

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Miguel Dasilva Ogando, Dr Christian Brandt, Dr Sascha Gotthardt, Dr Alwin GieselmannORCiD, Professor Alexander Thiele



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Attention is critical to high-level cognition, and attentional deficits are a hallmark of cognitive dysfunction. A key transmitter for attentional control is acetylcholine, but its cellular actions in attention controlling areas remain poorly understood. Here we delineate how muscarinic and nicotinic receptors affect basic neuronal excitability and attentional control signals in different cell types in macaque frontal eye-field. We found that broad spiking and narrow spiking cells both require muscarinic and nicotinic receptors for normal excitability, thereby affecting ongoing or stimulus driven activity. Attentional control signals depended on muscarinic, not nicotinic receptors in broad spiking cells, while it depended on both muscarinic and nicotinic receptors in narrow spiking cells. Cluster analysis revealed that muscarinic and nicotinic effects on attentional control signals were highly selective even for different subclasses of narrow spiking cells and of broad spiking cells. These results demonstrate that cholinergic receptors are critical to establish attentional control signals in the frontal eye field in a cell type specific manner.

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Author(s): Dasila M, Brandt C, Gotthardt S, Gieselmann MA, Distler C, Thiele A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Year: 2019

Volume: 116

Issue: 40

Pages: 20180-20189

Print publication date: 01/10/2019

Online publication date: 16/09/2019

Acceptance date: 17/08/2019

Date deposited: 20/08/2019

ISSN (print): 0027-8424

ISSN (electronic): 1091-6490

Publisher: National Academy of Sciences


DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1905413116


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BB/F021399/1Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Wellcome Trust