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Front. Cell. Neurosci. | doi: 10.3389/fncel.2018.00337

VGLUT2 functions as a differential marker for hippocampal output neurons

  • 1University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  • 2Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

The subiculum is the gatekeeper between the hippocampus and cortical areas. Yet, the lack of a pyramidal cell-specific marker gene has made the analysis of the subicular area very difficult. Here we report that the vesicular-glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2) functions as a specific marker gene for subicular burst-firing neurons, and demonstrate that VGLUT2-Cre mice allow for Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2)-assisted connectivity analysis.

Keywords: Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) assisted circuit mapping, Entorhinal Cortex, Hippocampus, subiculum, Channelrhodopsin (ChR2), Synaptic Transmission, VGLUT2

Received: 05 Jul 2018; Accepted: 12 Sep 2018.

Edited by:

Tommaso Pizzorusso, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy

Reviewed by:

Lucas Pozzo-Miller, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
Valérie Crépel, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), France  

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* Correspondence: Dr. Christian Wozny, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom,