VGLUT2 Functions as a Differential Marker for Hippocampal Output Neurons

Front Cell Neurosci. 2018 Oct 2;12:337. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2018.00337. eCollection 2018.

Abstract

The subiculum is the gatekeeper between the hippocampus and cortical areas. Yet, the lack of a pyramidal cell-specific marker gene has made the analysis of the subicular area very difficult. Here we report that the vesicular-glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2) functions as a specific marker gene for subicular burst-firing neurons, and demonstrate that VGLUT2-Cre mice allow for Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2)-assisted connectivity analysis.

Keywords: VGLUT2; channelrhodopsin-2; entorhinal cortex; hippocampus; subiculum; synaptic transmission.