Ventral striatum links motivational and motor networks during operant-conditioned movement in rats

Hori, Yuki; Ihara, Naoki; Sugai, Chiaki; Ogura, Jun; Honda, Manabu; Kato, Koichi; Isomura, Yoshikazu; Hanakawa, Takashi

Angol nyelvű Tudományos Szakcikk (Folyóiratcikk)
Megjelent: NEUROIMAGE 1053-8119 1095-9572 184 pp. 943-953 2019
  • SJR Scopus - Cognitive Neuroscience: D1
Voluntary actions require motives. It is already known that the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) assess the motivational values. However, it remains unclear how the motivational process gains access to the motor execution system in the brain. Here we present evidence that the ventral striatum (VS) plays a hub-like role in mediating motivational and motor processing in operant behavior. We used positron emission tomography (PET) to detect the neural activation areas associated with motivational action. Using obtained regions, partial correlation analysis was performed to examine how the motivational signals propagate to the motor system. The results revealed that VS activity propagated to both MPFC and primary motor cortex through the thalamus. Moreover, muscimol injection into the VS suppressed the motivational behavior, supporting the idea of representations of motivational signals in VS that trigger motivational behavior. These results suggest that the VS-thalamic pathway plays a pivotal role for both motivational processing through interactions with the MPFC and for motor processing through interactions with the motor BG circuits.
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