Ketamine modulates theta and gamma oscillations

Neuroengineering Laboratory, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104, USA.
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 4.69). 08/2009; 22(7):1452-64. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21305
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ABSTRACT Ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor glutamatergic antagonist, has been studied as a model of schizophrenia when applied in subanesthetic doses. In EEG studies, ketamine affects sensory gating and alters the oscillatory characteristics of neuronal signals in a complex manner. We investigated the effects of ketamine on in vivo recordings from the CA3 region of mouse hippocampus referenced to the ipsilateral frontal sinus using a paired-click auditory gating paradigm. One issue of particular interest was elucidating the effect of ketamine on background network activity, poststimulus evoked and induced activity. We find that ketamine attenuates the theta frequency band in both background activity and in poststimulus evoked activity. Ketamine also disrupts a late, poststimulus theta power reduction seen in control recordings. In the gamma frequency range, ketamine enhances both background and evoked power, but decreases relative induced power. These findings support a role for NMDA receptors in mediating the balance between theta and gamma responses to sensory stimuli, with possible implications for dysfunction in schizophrenia.

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    • "This and other evidence has led to the development of the NMDAr hypofunction hypothesis of schizophrenia, which posits that reduced activity at NMDA receptors leads to the expression of schizophrenia symptoms. We (Pinault, 2008; Hakami et al., 2009) and others (Ehrlichman et al., 2009; Lazarewicz et al., 2010) previously demonstrated that NMDAr antagonists dose-dependently increase the power of ongoing γ cortical oscillations in rodents and also recapitulate complex electrophysiological abnormalities seen in schizophrenia (Kulikova et al., 2012; Saunders et al., 2012). We further developed this model by examining the effects of antipsychotic compounds on ongoing γ oscillations, and in response to a ketamine challenge (Jones et al., 2012). "
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    • "In addition, we and others have previously demonstrated that NMDAR antagonists , such as MK-801 and ketamine, recreate many of the electroencephalographic (EEG) frequency and event-related potential (ERP) abnormalities of schizophrenia (Connolly et al, 2004; Featherstone et al, 2012; Krystal et al, 1994; Lahti et al, 1995; Maxwell et al, 2006). These include reduced N1 amplitude, disruption of novelty-related mismatch negativity , as well as alterations in gamma oscillations (Ehrlichman et al, 2008; Lazarewicz et al, 2010). NMDAR antagonists also disrupt cognitive measures such as contextual fear conditioning and novel object recognition in rodents (Amann et al, 2009; Featherstone et al, 2012). "
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    • "Adolescence is marked by developmental change in brain structure and neurotransmitter function that may be susceptible to the effects of chronic ketamine exposure. Gamma oscillations are strongly regulated by both GABA and glutamate systems (Carlen et al., 2011; Ehrlichman et al., 2009; Gandal et al., 2012; Gonzalez- Burgos et al., 2011; Lazarewicz et al., 2010; Lewis et al., 2004, 2005; Uhlhaas and Singer, 2010) and these systems undergo marked transformation during the adolescent period (Behrens and Sejnowski, 2009; Huppe-Gourgues and O'Donnell, 2012; Tseng and O'Donnell, 2005; Wang and Gao, 2009). Several recent reports have shown that event-related gamma power responses to both auditory and visual stimuli increase during the adolescent period (Rojas et al., 2006; Uhlhaas et al., 2009; Uhlhaas and Singer, 2011; Werkle-Bergner et al., 2009), raising the possibility that changes in event-related gamma could serve as an important biomarker of neurodevelopmental milestones and cognitive development. "
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