Chronic stability of single-channel neurophysiological correlates of gross and fine reaching movements in the rat

Autoři: David T. Bundy aff001;  David J. Guggenmos aff001;  Maxwell D. Murphy aff002;  Randolph J. Nudo aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, United States of America aff001;  Bioengineering Graduate Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, United States of America aff002;  Landon Center on Aging, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, United States of America aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article


While substantial task-related neural activity has been observed during motor tasks in rodent primary motor cortex and premotor cortex, the long-term stability of these responses in healthy rats is uncertain, limiting the interpretability of longitudinal changes in the specific patterns of neural activity associated with learning or motor recovery following injury. This study examined the stability of task-related neural activity associated with execution of two distinct reaching tasks in healthy rodents. A novel automated rodent behavioral apparatus was constructed and rats were trained to perform a reaching task combining a ‘gross’ lever press and a ‘fine’ pellet retrieval. In each animal, two chronic microelectrode arrays were implanted in motor cortex spanning the caudal forelimb area (rodent primary motor cortex) and the rostral forelimb area (rodent premotor cortex). We recorded multiunit spiking and local field potential activity from 10 days to 7–10 weeks post-implantation to characterize the patterns of neural activity observed during each task component and analyzed the consistency of channel-specific task-related neural activity. Task-related changes in neural activity were observed on the majority of channels. While the task-related changes in multi-unit spiking and local field potential spectral power were consistent over several weeks, spectral power changes were more stable, despite the trade-off of decreased spatial and temporal resolution. These results show that neural activity in rodent primary and premotor cortex is associated with specific phases of reaching movements with stable patterns of task-related activity across time, establishing the relevance of the rodent for future studies designed to examine changes in task-related neural activity during recovery from focal cortical lesions.

Klíčová slova:

Action potentials – Animal performance – Medical implants – Microelectrodes – Neurophysiology – Primates – Rats – Rodents


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