COGS 107B - Winter 2010 - Lecture 11 - Basal Ganglia and Cerebellum

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COGS 107B - Winter 2010 - Lecture 11 - Basal Ganglia and Cerebellum

  1. 1. Cogs 107b – Systems Neuroscience www.dnitz.com lec11_02112010 – basal ganglia and cerebellum principles of the week: ‘reentry’ and ‘frames of reference’ – the brain is not a strictly feed-forward system – rather, the connectivity of most brain regions is characterized by a combination of feed-forward and feed-back (or ‘re-entrant’) inputs
  2. 2. <ul><li>the basal ganglia, hippocampus, and cerebellum – shared properties </li></ul><ul><li>each system receives input from widespread regions of cortex </li></ul><ul><li>each system outputs back to cortex (as well as to other regions) </li></ul><ul><li>each system is composed of several sub-regions across which information input from cortex converges and output to cortex diverges </li></ul><ul><li>each system is implicated in learning and each exhibits a unique form of learning at the cellular level </li></ul><ul><li>neurons within each system exhibit firing patterns related to ‘contextual’ information (i.e., activity not related to a single sensory or motor variable) </li></ul>sensory input  cerebral cortex  motor output basal ganglia hippocampus cerebellum convergence divergence segregation
  3. 3. the cortex-cerebellum-cortex loop: role in timing and adjustment of motor patterns cerebral cortex pontine nuclei (mossy fibers) cerebellum – granule cells cerebellum – Purkinje cells cerebellar nuclei (base of cerebellum – each contains homunculus) ventrolateral thalamus (and brainstem and spinal cord) motor cortex inhibitory projection excitatory projection inferior olive (climbing fibers - ‘error’ signal induces learning) convergence divergence convergence = coordination across muscles of the body divergence vestibular and proprioceptive inputs
  4. 4. cerebellar function: the view from the cerebellar nuclei …… cerebellum – Purkinje cells cerebellar nuclei (high baseline rates modulated by Purkinje cell inhibition)……. fastigial nucleus interpositus nucleus dentate nucleus neuronal eye mvmts. / walking perturbation of limb/body auditory and vision activity from holding position triggered mvmts. localized posture and gait instability tremor reaction time delays; inactivation poor endpoint control function postural adjustments balance of agonist / timing / cross-muscle antagonist muscles coordination
  5. 5. substantia nigra has two sub-regions: pars compacta = DA neurons pars reticulata = GABA neurons (analogous to GPi) globus pallidus has two sub-regions: external segment = GPe internal segment = GPi together the caudate and putamen are called the ‘striatum’ the thalamic sub-region associated with the basal ganglia output is the ‘ventrolateral’ thalamus basal ganglia: a complex of sub-regions damage to one or more of which is implicated in Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s chorea, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and drug addiction.
  6. 6. convergence: all regions of cortex contribute 2/3’s of output to, prefrontal, premotor or motor cortex cortex  basal ganglia  cortex: direct, indirect, and hyperdirect pathways ‘ hyperdirect’ pathway divergence convergence convergence GABA, enkephalin, D2 GABA, substance P, D1 indirect path direct path
  7. 7. cortex input (glutamate excitatory) SNpc – DA input to D1 receptor enhances glutamate effect ‘ direct path’ striatum medium spiny neuron GABA output to GPi cortex input (glutamate excitatory) SNpc – DA input to D2 receptor suppresses glutamate effect ‘ indirect path’ striatum medium spiny neuron GABA output to GPe the direct and indirect pathways are modulated differentially by DA DA neuron activity is, at least in part, driven by positive errors in reward expectation (i.e., getting more value than expected given a specific condition actual – predicted reward value DA neuron firing rate 0 1 2 3 -1 baseline rate
  8. 8. entire neocortex: combined motor and sensory context ‘ motor’ neocortex: implementation of decision ‘ direct’ pathway- favored by high DA levels ‘ indirect’ pathway- favored by low DA levels  striatum   GP internal   GP external  thalamus  strong inhibition strong excitation weak inhibition weak excitation
  9. 9. reward expectation drives changes in latency to onset of a saccade following cue onset antagonists of DA type D1 and D2 receptors differentially affect latency differences different caudate neurons exhibit saccade related activity dependent on reward expectation (panel 1), on expectation of no reward (panel 2), or pre-saccade activity dependent on saccade type AND reward expectation (panel 3) saccade onset cue onset basal ganglia also appears to determine the robustness of a response
  10. 10. basal ganglia activity: mediation of individual response versus response sequence ‘chunks’ total amount of striatum neuron activity start tone A means turn left start tone B means turn right as rats learn the meaning of the tones, striatum activity ‘moves’ from concentration at the choice point to concentration at the start and end points

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