M. Victoria Puig

M. Victoria Puig
IMIM Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute | IMIM · Neurosciences Research Programme

Ph.D.

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Introduction
M. Victoria Puig is a Group Leader at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) and Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM). Her team studies the neural substrates of learning and memory enhancement, with particular focus on neural oscillations and the role of neuromodulators.
Additional affiliations
September 2011 - July 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Position
  • Researcher
October 2008 - September 2011
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
December 2005 - September 2008
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
January 2000 - April 2004
Spanish National Research Council
Field of study
  • Neuroscience
September 1995 - June 1999
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Biochemistry

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Publications (35)
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Understanding the dopaminergic system is a priority in neurobiology and neuropharmacology. Dopamine receptors are involved in the modulation of fundamental physiological functions and dysregulation of dopaminergic transmission is associated with major neurological disorders. However, the available tools to dissect the endogenous dopaminergic circui...
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Rich social, physical, and cognitively stimulating lifestyles have powerful effects on cognitive abilities, especially when they are experienced early in life. Cognitive therapies are widely used to attenuate cognitive impairment due to intellectual disability, but also aging and neurodegeneration, however the underlying neural mechanisms are poorl...
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Neural synchrony and functional connectivity are disrupted in schizophrenia. We investigated changes in prefrontal-hippocampal neural dynamics during psychosis-like states induced by the NMDAR antagonist phencyclidine and subsequent rescue by two atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAPDs), risperidone and clozapine, and the classical APD haloperidol. The...
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Neural synchrony and functional connectivity are disrupted in neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. However, these alterations and how they are affected by commonly prescribed neuropsychiatric medication have not been characterized in depth. Here, we investigated changes in neural dynamics of circuits involving the prefrontal cortex and...
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Down syndrome (DS) is the most common form of intellectual disability. The cognitive alterations in DS are thought to depend on brain regions critical for learning and memory such as the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the hippocampus (HPC). Neuroimaging studies suggest that increased brain connectivity correlates with lower intelligence quotients (IQ)...
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Atypical antipsychotic drugs (APDs) used to treat positive and negative symptoms in schizophrenia block serotonin receptors 5-HT2AR and dopamine receptors D2R and stimulate 5-HT1AR directly or indirectly. However, the exact cellular mechanisms mediating their therapeutic actions remain unresolved. We recorded neural activity in the prefrontal corte...
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Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a multisystem disorder affecting muscle and central nervous system (CNS) function. The cellular mechanisms underlying CNS alterations are poorly understood and no useful treatments exist for the neuropsychological deficits observed in DM1 patients. We investigated the progression of behavioral deficits present in...
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The executive control of behavior involves functional interactions between the frontal cortex and other cortical and subcortical brain regions, in particular with the striatum and thalamus, via parallel fronto-striatal-thalamic loops. In all of these brain regions, neuronal excitability, and synaptic transmission are regulated by serotonergic, dopa...
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There is mounting evidence that most cognitive functions depend upon the coordinated activity of neuronal networks often located far away in the brain. Ensembles of neurons synchronize their activity generating oscillations at different frequencies that may encode behaviour by allowing an efficient communication between brain areas. The serotonin s...
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Learning to associate specific objects or actions with rewards and remembering the associations are everyday tasks crucial for our flexible adaptation to the environment. These higher-order cognitive processes depend on the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and frontostriatal circuits that connect areas in the frontal lobe with the striatum in the basal gang...
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In this review, we provide a brief overview over the current knowledge about the role of dopamine transmission in the prefrontal cortex during learning and memory. We discuss work in humans, monkeys, rats, and birds in order to provide a basis for comparison across species that might help identify crucial features and constraints of the dopaminergi...
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Dopamine D2 receptors (D2R) play a major role in cognition, mood and motor movements. Their blockade by antipsychotic drugs reduces hallucinatory and delusional behaviors in schizophrenia, but often fails to alleviate affective and cognitive dysfunctions. The prefrontal cortex (PFC) expresses D2R and is altered in schizophrenia. We investigated how...
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The serotonergic pathways originating in the dorsal and median raphe nuclei (DR and MnR, respectively) are critically involved in cortical function. Serotonin (5-HT), acting on postsynaptic and presynaptic receptors, is involved in cognition, mood, impulse control and motor functions by (1) modulating the activity of different neuronal types, and (...
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Dopamine is thought to play a major role in learning. However, while dopamine D1 receptors (D1Rs) in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) have been shown to modulate working memory-related neural activity, their role in the cellular basis of learning is unknown. We recorded activity from multiple electrodes while injecting the D1R antagonist SCH23390 in the...
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Higher-order executive tasks such as learning, working memory, and behavioral flexibility depend on the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the brain region most elaborated in primates. The prominent innervation by serotonin neurons and the dense expression of serotonergic receptors in the PFC suggest that serotonin is a major modulator of its function. The m...
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Alterations of the serotonergic system in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) are implicated in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Although abnormal synchronous activity is observed in the PFC of these patients, little is known about the role of serotonin (5-HT) in cortical synchrony. We found that 5-HT, released by electrical stim...
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Alterations of the serotonergic system in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) are implicated in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Although abnormal synchronous activity is observed in the PFC of these patients, little is known about the role of serotonin (5-HT) in cortical synchrony. We found that 5-HT, released by electrical stim...
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During sleep, neocortical neuronal networks oscillate slowly (<1 Hz) between periods of activity (UP states) and silence (DOWN states). UP states favor the interaction between thalamic-generated spindles (7–14 Hz) and cortically generated gamma (30–80 Hz) waves. We studied how these three nested oscillations modulate fast-spiking interneuron (FSi)...
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During sleep, neocortical neuronal networks oscillate slowly (<1 Hz) between periods of activity (UP states) and silence (DOWN states). UP states favor the interaction between thalamic-generated spindles (7-14 Hz) and cortically generated gamma (30-80 Hz) waves. We studied how these three nested oscillations modulate fast-spiking interneuron (FSi)...
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Introduction and development: The prefrontal cortex (PFC) plays a crucial role in higher brain functions such as working memory or cognition and controls, via the excitatory axons of pyramidal neurons, the activity of many subcortical motor and limbic areas. It receives a dense innervation from the brainstem aminergic nuclei, including the seroton...
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The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most frequently prescribed antidepressant drugs, because they are well tolerated and have no severe side effects. They rapidly block serotonin (5-HT) reuptake, yet the onset of their therapeutic action requires weeks of treatment. This delay is the result of presynaptic and postsynaptic ad...
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The prefrontal cortex plays a key role in the control of higher brain functions and is involved in the pathophysiology and treatment of schizophrenia. Here we report that approximately 60% of the neurons in rat and mouse prefrontal cortex express 5-HT(1A) and/or 5-HT2A receptor mRNAs, which are highly co-localized (approximately 80%). The electrica...
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The activation of 5-HT(2A) receptors in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) by the hallucinogen DOI increases the firing activity of dorsal raphe (DR) 5-HT neurons and prefrontal 5-HT release. Here we show that the i.v. administration of DOI markedly affected the firing rate of identified pyramidal neurons recorded extracellularly. DOI excited (481%) 2...
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The prefrontal cortex is involved in an array of higher brain functions that are altered in psychiatric disorders. Serotonergic neurons of the midbrain raphe nuclei innervate the prefrontal cortex and are the cellular target for drugs used to treat mood disorders such as the selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitors. Anatomical evidence suppo...
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We examined the in vivo effects of the hallucinogen 4-iodo-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOI). DOI suppressed the firing rate of 7 of 12 dorsal raphe (DR) serotonergic (5-HT) neurons and partially inhibited the rest (ED(50) = 20 microg/kg, i.v.), an effect reversed by M100907 (5-HT(2A) antagonist) and picrotoxinin (GABA(A) antagonist). DOI (1 mg/kg, s....
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Anatomical evidence indicates that medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) neurons project to the dorsal raphe nucleus (DR). In this study, we functionally characterized this descending pathway in rat brain. Projection neurons in the mPFC were identified by antidromic stimulation from the DR. Electrical stimulation of the mPFC mainly inhibited the activity...

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