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2022 Dec 26

Prog Neurobiol

Olfactory-auditory sensory integration in the lateral entorhinal cortex.


Wu T, Li S, Du D, Li R, Liu P, Yin Z, Zhang H, Qiao Y, Li A
Prog Neurobiol. 2022 Dec 26:102399.
PMID: 36581184.


Multisensory integration plays an important role in animal cognition. Although many studies have focused on visual-auditory integration, studies on olfactory-auditory integration are rare. Here, we investigated neural activity patterns and odor decoding in the lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC) under uni-sensory and multisensory stimuli in awake, head-fixed mice. Using specific retrograde tracing, we verified that the LEC receives direct excitatory inputs from the primary auditory cortex (AC) and the medial geniculate body (MGB). Strikingly, we found that mitral/tufted cells (M/Ts) in the olfactory bulb (OB) and neurons in the LEC respond to both olfactory and auditory stimuli. Sound decreased the neural responses evoked by odors in both the OB and LEC, for both excitatory and inhibitory responses. Interestingly, significant changes in odor decoding performance and modulation of odor-evoked local field potentials (LFPs) were observed only in the LEC. These data indicate that the LEC is a critical center for olfactory-auditory multisensory integration, with direct projections from both olfactory and auditory centers.