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Spatial cell firing during virtual navigation of open arenas by head-restrained mice

Chen, G; King, JA; Lu, Y; Cacucci, F; Burgess, N; (2018) Spatial cell firing during virtual navigation of open arenas by head-restrained mice. eLife , 7 , Article e34789. 10.7554/eLife.34789. Green open access

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Abstract

We present a mouse virtual reality (VR) system which restrains head-movements to horizontal rotations, compatible with multi-photon imaging. This system allows expression of the spatial navigation and neuronal firing patterns characteristic of real open arenas (R). Comparing VR to R: place and grid, but not head-direction, cell firing had broader spatial tuning; place, but not grid, cell firing was more directional; theta frequency increased less with running speed; whereas increases in firing rates with running speed and place and grid cells' theta phase precession were similar. These results suggest that the omni-directional place cell firing in R may require local-cues unavailable in VR, and that the scale of grid and place cell firing patterns, and theta frequency, reflect translational motion inferred from both virtual (visual and proprioceptive) and real (vestibular translation and extra-maze) cues. By contrast, firing rates and theta phase precession appear to reflect visual and proprioceptive cues alone.

Type: Article
Title: Spatial cell firing during virtual navigation of open arenas by head-restrained mice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.34789
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.34789
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2018 Chen et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050856
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