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Song J, Sun J, Moss J, Wen Z, Sun GJ, Hsu D, Zhong C, Davoudi H, Christian KM, Toni N, Ming GL, Song H. Parvalbumin interneurons mediate neuronal circuitry-neurogenesis coupling in the adult hippocampus. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Dec ; 16(12):1728-30. Pubmed Abstract

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Comment by:  Takao Hensch
Submitted 15 February 2014
Posted 15 February 2014

Our Conte Center is focused on the transcriptome, connectome, and plasticity of PV cells as the neurodevelopmental basis for mental illness. Their maturational state dictates the degree of plasticity in developmental critical periods, and now we know, from Donato et al., in adult learning. Once plasticity is opened by PV cells' function, it closes when they mature ("high PV" state), including the tightening of the perineuronal nets (PNNs) around them.

In schizophrenia, PV cells may remain in the "low PV" weak PNN state for some time longer than normal, suggesting, interestingly, that developmental plasticity may be prolonged (i.e., neural circuits fail to stabilize when they normally should). PV cell maturation may potentially be controlled by Otx2 secreted from the choroid plexus, which would link enlarged ventricles to impaired PV cells in the brain in schizophrenia (see Spatazza et al., 2013).


Spatazza J, Lee HH, Di Nardo AA, Tibaldi L, Joliot A, Hensch TK, Prochiantz A. Choroid-plexus-derived Otx2 homeoprotein constrains adult cortical plasticity. Cell Rep. 2013 Jun 27;3(6):1815-23. Abstract

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