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Structural plasticity of the axon initial segment (AIS), the site of action potential initiation, is observed as part of the normal early development of the cortex, as well as in association with injury and disease. Here, we show that structural AIS plasticity also occurs with normal aging in adult marmosets. Immunohistochemical techniques were used to reveal the extent of the AIS of layer 2/3A pyramidal cells in 8 neocortical areas. We found that the AIS length varied significantly between areas in young adult (2–3 years old) marmosets, with neurons in frontal area 14C having the longest AIS, and those in the primary visual cortex the shortest. Similar interareal differences were observed in aged (12–14 year old) monkeys, but the AIS was significantly shortened in many areas, relative to the corresponding length in young adults. Shortening of the AIS is likely to represent a compensatory response to changes in the excitation-inhibition balance, associated with the loss of GABAergic interneurons in the aged cortex.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Neurobiology of Aging|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|
- Axon initial segment
- Excitation-inhibition balance
- Frontal pole
- Medial frontal cortex
- Visual cortex
- 2 Finished
Egan, G., Rosa, M., Lowery, A., Stuart, G., Arabzadeh, E., Skafidas, E., Ibbotson, M., Petrou, S., Paxinos, G., Mattingley, J., Garrido, M., Sah, P., Robinson, P. A., Martin, P., Grunert, U., Tanaka, K., Mitra, P., Johnson, G., Diamond, M., Margrie, T., Leopold, D., Movshon, J., Markram, H., Victor, J., Hill, S. & Jirsa, V.
Australian National University (ANU), ETH Zurich, Australian Research Council (ARC), Karolinska Institute, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) , Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland , University of Sydney, Monash University – Internal University Contribution, National Institutes of Health (United States), Cornell University, New York University, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Duke University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, RIKEN
25/06/14 → 31/12/21
1/01/14 → 31/12/17