Long-term hippocampal interneuronopathy drives sex-dimorphic spatial memory impairment induced by prenatal THC exposure


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Salas Quiroga, Adán de and García-Rincón, Daniel and Gómez-Domínguez, Daniel and Valero, Manuel and Simón-Sánchez, Samuel and Paraíso-Luna, Juan and Aguareles, José and Pujadas, Mitona and Muguruza, Carolina and Callado, Luis F. and Lutz, Beat and Guzmán, Manuel and Menéndez de la Prida, Liset and Galve-Roperh, Manuel (2020) Long-term hippocampal interneuronopathy drives sex-dimorphic spatial memory impairment induced by prenatal THC exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology, 45 (5). pp. 877-886. ISSN 0893-133X, ESSN: 1740-634X

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Official URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41386-020-0621-3


Prenatal exposure to Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most prominent active constituent of cannabis, alters neurodevelopmental plasticity with a long-term functional impact on adult offspring. Specifically, THC affects the development of pyramidal neurons and GABAergic interneurons via cannabinoid CB1 receptors (CB1R). However, the particular contribution of these two neuronal lineages to the behavioral alterations and functional deficits induced by THC is still unclear. Here, by using conditional CB1R knockout mice, we investigated the neurodevelopmental consequences of prenatal THC exposure in adulthood, as well as their potential sex differences. Adult mice that had been exposed to THC during embryonic development showed altered hippocampal oscillations, brain hyperexcitability, and spatial memory impairment. Remarkably, we found a clear sexual dimorphism in these effects, with males being selectively affected. At the neuronal level, we found a striking interneuronopathy of CCK-containing interneurons in the hippocampus, which was restricted to male progeny. This THC-induced CCK-interneuron reduction was not evident in mice lacking CB1R selectively in GABAergic interneurons, thus pointing to a cell-autonomous THC action. In vivo electrophysiological recordings of hippocampal LFPs revealed alterations in hippocampal oscillations confined to the stratum pyramidale of CA1 in male offspring. In addition, sharp-wave ripples, a major high-frequency oscillation crucial for learning and memory consolidation, were also altered, pointing to aberrant circuitries caused by persistent reduction of CCK+ basket cells. Taken together, these findings provide a mechanistic explanation for the long-term interneuronopathy responsible for the sex-dimorphic cognitive impairment induced by prenatal THC.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sharp-wave ripples; Maternal Cannabis; Gene-Expression; Brain; Endocannabinoids; Oscillations; CBI1; DELTA(9)-Tetrahydrocannabynol; Dysfunction; Mechanisms
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Molecular biology
Medical sciences > Biology > Biochemistry
Medical sciences > Biology > Neurosciences
ID Code:61185
Deposited On:29 Jun 2020 09:34
Last Modified:16 Sep 2020 08:56

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