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The amygdala has a fundamental role in driving affective behaviors in response to sensory cues. To accomplish this, neurons of the lateral nucleus (LAT) must integrate a large number of synaptic inputs. A wide range of factors influence synaptic integration, including membrane potential, voltage-gated ion channels and GABAergic inhibition. However, little is known about how these factors modulate integration of synaptic inputs in LAT neurons in vivo. The purpose of this study was to determine the voltage-dependent factors that modify in vivo integration of synaptic inputs in the soma of LAT neurons. In vivo intracellular recordings from anesthetized rats were used to measure post-synaptic potentials (PSPs) and clusters of PSPs across a range of membrane potentials. These studies found that the relationship between membrane potential and PSP clusters was sublinear, due to a reduction of cluster amplitude and area at depolarized membrane potentials. In combination with intracellular delivery of pharmacological agents, it was found that the voltage-dependent suppression of PSP clusters was sensitive to tetraethylammonium (TEA), but not cesium or a blocker of fast GABAergic inhibition. These findings indicate that integration of PSPs in LAT neurons in vivo is strongly modified by somatic membrane potential, likely through voltage-dependent TEA-sensitive potassium channels. Conditions that lead to a shift in membrane potential, or a modulation of the number or function of these ion channels will lead to a more uniform capacity for integration across voltages, and perhaps greatly facilitate amygdala-dependent behaviors. Copyright © 2012 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


J A Rosenkranz. In vivo voltage-dependent influences on summation of synaptic potentials in neurons of the lateral nucleus of the amygdala. Neuroscience. 2012 Dec 13;226:101-18

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