Klur, S. et al. Hippocampal-dependent spatial memory functions might be lateralized in rats: an approach combining gene expression profiling and reversible inactivation. Hippocampus 19, 800-816

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Hippocampus (Impact Factor: 4.16). 09/2009; 19(9):800-16. DOI: 10.1002/hipo.20562
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The hippocampus is involved in spatial memory processes, as established in a variety of species such as birds and mammals including humans. In humans, some hippocampal-dependent memory functions may be lateralized, the right hippocampus being predominantly involved in spatial navigation. In rodents, the question of possible lateralization remains open. Therefore, we first microdissected the CA1 subregion of the left and right dorsal hippocampi for analysis of mRNA expression using microarrays in rats having learnt a reference memory task in the Morris water-maze. Relative to untrained controls, 623 genes were differentially expressed in the right hippocampus, against only 74 in the left hippocampus, in the rats that had learnt the hidden platform location. Thus, in the right hippocampus, 299 genes were induced, 324 were repressed, and about half of them participate in signaling and transport, metabolism, and nervous system functions. In addition, most differentially expressed genes associated with spatial learning have been previously related to synaptic plasticity and memory. We then subjected rats to unilateral (left or right) or bilateral reversible functional inactivations in the dorsal hippocampus; lidocaine was infused either before each acquisition session or before retrieval of a reference spatial memory in the Morris water maze. We found that after drug-free acquisition, right or bilateral lidocaine inactivation (vs. left, or bilateral phosphate buffered saline (PBS) infusions) of the dorsal hippocampus just before a delayed (24 h) probe trial impaired performance. Conversely, left or bilateral hippocampus inactivation (vs. right, or bilateral PBS infusions) before each acquisition session weakened performance during a delayed, drug-free probe trial. Our data confirm a functional association between transcriptional activity within the dorsal hippocampus and spatial memory in the rat. Further, they suggest that there could be a leftward bias of hippocampal functions in engram formation or information transfer, and a rightward bias in spatial memory storage/retrieval processes.

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    • "It has long been known that spatial navigation in humans (Maguire et al., 1997; Burgess et al., 2002), and perhaps more general memory processes in rats (Belcheva et al., 2007; Ivanova et al., 2008; Klur et al., 2009), are more strongly associated with the right hippocampus. In line with the observed functional lateralization, larger right hippocampus volumes have been reported in humans (Pedraza et al., 2004; Woolard and Heckers, 2012). "
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    ABSTRACT: Functional hemispheric asymmetry is a common feature of vertebrate brain organization, yet little is known about how hemispheric dominance is implemented at the neural level. One notable example of hemispheric dominance in birds is the leading role of the left hippocampal formation in controlling navigational processes that support homing in pigeons. Relying on resting state fMRI analyses (where Functional connectivity (FC) can be determined by placing a reference 'seed' for connectivity in one hemisphere), we show that following seeding in either an anterior or posterior region of the hippocampal formation of homing pigeons and starlings, the emergent functional connectivity maps are consistently larger following seeding of the left hippocampus. Left seedings are also more likely to result in functional connectivity maps that extend to the contralateral hippocampus and outside the boundaries of the hippocampus. The data support the hypothesis that broader functional connectivity is one neural-organizational property that confers, with respect to navigation, functional dominance to the left hippocampus of birds. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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    • "According to previous research (Meyer-Lindenberg et al. 2006) the amygdala, the hippocampus (face-matching task), and the ACC (flanker NoGo task) were defined as ROIs using the anatomical masks implemented in the WFU PickAtlas v2.4 (Maldjian et al. 2003). Separate masks for the left and right amygdala and hippocampus were defined due to lateralized effects of MAOA (Meyer- Lindenberg et al. 2006) as well as evidence for a functional distinction between the 2 hemispheres (Frings et al. 2006; Klur et al. 2009; Schneider et al. 2011; Vrticka et al. 2012). To adjust for multiple comparisons, a P < 0.05 family-wise error (FWE) correction was applied in the ROIs. "
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    • "However, when the lesion spares the ventral (temporal) part, learning remains possible (Moser et al., 1993, 1995), suggesting that although the ventral hippocampus contributes to learning, the dorsal hippocampus is required for optimal performance. This has been confirmed using temporal inactivation of the dorsal hippocampus (Hock and Bunsey, 1998; Bannerman et al., 1999; Pothuizen et al., 2004; Klur et al., 2009). The idea that the dorsal hippocampus is involved in spatial navigation is also supported by an electrophysiological study (Jung et al., 1994) as the proportion of cells exhibiting firing related to a specific place is lower in the ventral CA1 than in the dorsal area. "
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