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author = {Go, MA and Rogers, J and Gava, G and Davey, C and Prado, S and Liu, Y and Schultz, S},
doi = {10.3389/fncel.2021.618658},
journal = {Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience},
title = {Place cells in head-fixed mice navigating a floating real-world environment},
url = {},
volume = {15},
year = {2021}

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AB - The hippocampal place cell system in rodents has provided a major paradigm for the scientific investigation of memory function and dysfunction. Place cells have been observed in area CA1 of the hippocampus of both freely moving animals, and of head-fixed animals navigating in virtual reality environments. However, spatial coding in virtual reality preparations has been observed to be impaired. Here we show that the use of a real-world environment system for head-fixed mice, consisting of an air-floating track with proximal cues, provides some advantages over virtual reality systems for the study of spatial memory. We imaged the hippocampus of head-fixed mice injected with the genetically encoded calcium indicator GCaMP6s while they navigated circularly constrained or open environments on the floating platform. We observed consistent place tuning in a substantial fraction of cells despite the absence of distal visual cues. Place fields remapped when animals entered a different environment. When animals re-entered the same environment, place fields typically remapped over a time period of multiple days, faster than in freely moving preparations, but comparable with virtual reality. Spatial information rates were within the range observed in freely moving mice. Manifold analysis indicated that spatial information could be extracted from a low-dimensional subspace of the neural population dynamics. This is the first demonstration of place cells in head-fixed mice navigating on an air-lifted real-world platform, validating its use for the study of brain circuits involved in memory and affected by neurodegenerative disorders.
AU - Go,MA
AU - Rogers,J
AU - Gava,G
AU - Davey,C
AU - Prado,S
AU - Liu,Y
AU - Schultz,S
DO - 10.3389/fncel.2021.618658
PY - 2021///
SN - 1662-5102
TI - Place cells in head-fixed mice navigating a floating real-world environment
T2 - Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
UR -
UR -
VL - 15
ER -