A Novel Giant Non-Cholinergic Striatal Interneuron Restricted to the Ventrolateral Striatum Coexpresses Kv3.3 Potassium Channel, Parvalbumin, and the Vesicular GABA Transporter

Lydia Lebenheim, Sam Booker, Christian Derst, Torsten Weiss, Franziska Wagner, Clemens Gruber, Imre Vida, Daniel S Zahm, Rudiger W Veh

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Abstract

The striatum is the main input structure of the basal ganglia. Distinct striatal subfields are involved in voluntary movement generation and cognitive and emotional tasks, but little is known about the morphological and molecular differences of striatal subregions. The ventrolateral subfield of the striatum (VLS) is the orofacial projection field of the sensorimotor cortex and is involved in the development of orofacial dyskinesias, involuntary chewing-like movements that often accompany long-term neuroleptic treatment. The biological basis for this particular vulnerability of the VLS is not known. Potassium channels are known to be strategically localized within the striatum. In search of possible molecular correlates of the specific vulnerability of the VLS, we analyzed the expression of voltage-gated potassium channels in rodent and primate brains using qPCR, in situ hybridization, and immunocytochemical single and double staining. Here we describe a novel, giant, non-cholinergic interneuron within the VLS. This neuron coexpresses the vesicular GABA transporter, the calcium-binding protein parvalbumin (PV), and the Kv3.3 potassium channel subunit. This novel neuron is much larger than PV neurons in other striatal regions, displays characteristic electrophysiological properties, and, most importantly, is restricted to the VLS. Consequently, the giant striatal Kv3.3-expressing PV neuron may link compromised Kv3 channel function and VLS-based orofacial dyskinesias.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular Psychiatry
VolumeN/A
Early online date14 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Nov 2020

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