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Roles of prefrontal cortical GABAergic interneurons in psychosis and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia
BMC Neuroscience volume 9, Article number: P36 (2008)
Analysis of postmortem brains of patients with schizophrenia from the Stanley Foundation brain collection have shown consistent reduction of reelin, parvalbumin and GAD67, the 67-kilodalton isoform of glutamic acid decarboxylase, in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and other brain regions . In the PFC, this suggests a decrease in GABAergic inhibition that might be responsible for psychosis. Cognitive deficits are also a core symptom of schizophrenia, which might also be caused by GABAergic dysregulation.
The PFC circuit of pyramidal neurons and GABAergic chandelier neurons and other GABAergic neurons is implemented with a firing rate model. The dopaminergic modulation of the neuronal activity via D1 receptor activation is essentially the same as in the previous model . Figure 1 shows the time courses of dopaminergic modulation profiles of the pyramidal neurons with different sets of the strength of GABAergic inhibition (see table 1). Without chandelier neurons, hyperactive states readily emerge. Weaker inhibition by other GABAergic neurons enlarges the inverted-U shaped profile to connect it to the hyperactive profile.
Both chandelier neurons and other GABAergic neurons play critical roles in shaping the dopaminergic modulation profile of PFC activity. Chandelier neurons would suppress hyperactivity with hyper-dopaminergic neurotransmission, which is associated with psychotic states. Other GABAergic neurons regulate the inverted-U shaped profile with moderate levels of dopaminergic neurotransmission, which is important for normal cognitive functions.
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Tanaka, S. Roles of prefrontal cortical GABAergic interneurons in psychosis and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. BMC Neurosci 9, P36 (2008) doi:10.1186/1471-2202-9-S1-P36
- Pyramidal Neuron
- GABAergic Neuron
- Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase
- GABAergic Interneuron