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The cerebellum promotes sequential foraging strategies and contributes to the directional modulation of hippocampal place cells

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The cerebellum contributes to goal-directed navigation abilities and place coding in the hippocampus. Here we investigated its contribution to foraging strategies. We recorded hippocampal neurons in mice with impaired PKC-dependent cerebellar functions (L7-PKCI) and in their littermate controls while they performed a task where they were rewarded for visiting a subset of hidden locations. We found that L7-PKCI and control mice developed different foraging strategies: while control mice repeated spatial sequences to maximize their rewards, L7-PKCI mice persisted to use a random foraging strategy. Sequential foraging was associated with more place cells exhibiting theta-phase precession and theta rate modulation. Recording in the dark showed that PKC-dependent cerebellar functions controlled how self-motion cues contribute to the selectivity of place cells to both position and direction. Thus, the cerebellum contributes to the development of optimal sequential paths during foraging, possibly by controlling how self-motion and theta signals contribute to place cell coding.
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hal-04012914 , version 1 (20-10-2023)

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Lu Zhang, Julien Fournier, Mehdi Fallahnezhad, Anne-Lise Paradis, Christelle Rochefort, et al.. The cerebellum promotes sequential foraging strategies and contributes to the directional modulation of hippocampal place cells. iScience, 2023, 26 (3), pp.106200. ⟨10.1016/j.isci.2023.106200⟩. ⟨hal-04012914⟩
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