Neuromodulation in the developing visual cortex after long-term monocular deprivation

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

1 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5636–5645
Journal / PublicationCerebral Cortex
Issue number9
Online published17 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023


Neural dynamics are altered in the primary visual cortex (V1) during critical period monocular deprivation (MD). Synchronization of neural oscillations is pertinent to physiological functioning of the brain. Previous studies have reported chronic disruption of V1 functional properties such as ocular dominance, spatial acuity, and binocular matching after long-term monocular deprivation (LTMD). However, the possible neuromodulation and neural synchrony has been less explored. Here, we investigated the difference between juvenile and adult experience-dependent plasticity in mice from intracellular calcium signals with fluorescent indicators. We also studied alterations in local field potentials power bands and phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) of specific brain oscillations. Our results showed that LTMD in juveniles causes higher neuromodulatory changes as seen by high-intensity fluorescent signals from the non-deprived eye (NDE). Meanwhile, adult mice showed a greater response from the deprived eye (DE). LTMD in juvenile mice triggered alterations in the power of delta, theta, and gamma oscillations, followed by enhancement of delta–gamma PAC in the NDE. However, LTMD in adult mice caused alterations in the power of delta oscillations and enhancement of delta–gamma PAC in the DE. These markers are intrinsic to cortical neuronal processing during LTMD and apply to a wide range of nested oscillatory markers. © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • ocular dominance plasticity (ODP), long-term monocular deprivation (LTMD), fiber photometry, local field potential (LFP)