Un nouvel article vient de paraître dans IScience intitulé :
Zn2+ inhibits spatial memory and hippocampal place cell representation through high-affinity binding to the NMDA receptor GluN2A subunit
C'est le fruit d'une collaboration inter-équipe au sein du laboratoire entre : Abdel-Mouttalib OUAGAZZAL (Equipe Cognition & Pathophysiologie des Ganglions de la base - BASALGANG) et Pierre-Yves JACOB (Equipe Bases Neurales de la Cognition Spatiale - SPACE).
A subset of glutamatergic neurons in the forebrain uses labile Zn2+ as a co-transmitter alongside glutamate. Synaptic Zn2+ plays a key role in learning and memory processes, but its mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Here, we used a knock-in (KI) mouse line carrying a point mutation at the GluN2A Zn2+ binding site that selectively eliminates zinc inhibition of NMDA receptors. Ablation of Zn2+-GluN2A binding improves spatial memory retention and contextual fear memory formation. Electrophysiological recording of hippocampal neurons in the CA1 area revealed a greater proportion of place cells and substantial place field remapping in KI mice compared to wildtype littermates. Persistent place cell remapping was also seen in KI mice upon repeated testing suggesting an enhanced ability to maintain a distinct representation across multiple overlapping experiences. Together, these findings reveal an original molecular mechanism through which synaptic Zn2+ negatively modulates spatial cognition by dampening GluN2A-containing NMDA receptor signaling. :
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