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Simultaneous single-unit recording from the basal amygdala and dorsal hippocampus

Citation

Kong, Mi-Seon et al. (2021), Simultaneous single-unit recording from the basal amygdala and dorsal hippocampus, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.2z34tmpn0

Abstract

Animals seeking survival needs must be able to assess different locations of threats in their habitat. However, the neural integration of spatial and risk information essential for guiding goal-directed behavior remains poorly understood. Thus, we investigated simultaneous activities of fear-responsive basal amygdala (BA) and place-responsive dorsal hippocampus (dHPC) neurons as rats left the safe nest to search for food in an exposed space and encountered a simulated ‘predator.’ In this realistic situation, BA cells increased their firing rates and dHPC place cells decreased their spatial stability near the threat. Importantly, only those dHPC cells synchronized with the predator-responsive BA cells remapped significantly as a function of escalating risk location. Moreover, optogenetic stimulation of BA neurons was sufficient to cause spatial avoidance behavior and disrupt place fields. These results suggest a dynamic interaction of BA’s fear signaling cells and dHPC’s spatial coding cells as animals traverse safe-danger areas of their environment.

Methods

The datasets were collected during 1) the simultaneous recording from the basal amygdala (BA) and dorsal hippocampus (dHPC) and 2) recording from the dHPC during the optogenetic stimulation of the BA. All data have been processed by the place cell analysis R script or a cross-correlation analysis using Neuroexplorer.

Usage Notes

The readme file explains what data each file contains and details of the variables in the dataset.

Funding

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Award: MH099073

National Research Foundation of Korea, Award: NRF-2020R1A6A1A03043528

National Research Foundation of Korea, Award: NRF-2018M3C7A1024736

National Research Foundation of Korea, Award: NRF-2019R1A2C2088377

National Research Foundation of Korea, Award: NRF-2015M3C7A1028392