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Accumbal D1R Neurons Projecting to Lateral Hypothalamus Authorize Feeding

Published inNeuron, vol. 88, no. 3, p. 553-564
Publication date2015
Abstract

Feeding satisfies metabolic need but is also controlled by external stimuli, like palatability or predator threat. Nucleus accumbens shell (NAcSh) projections to the lateral hypothalamus (LH) are implicated in mediating such feeding control, but the neurons involved and their mechanism of action remain elusive. We show that dopamine D1R-expressing NAcSh neurons (D1R-MSNs) provide the dominant source of accumbal inhibition to LH and provide rapid control over feeding via LH GABA neurons. In freely feeding mice, D1R-MSN activity reduced during consumption, while their optogenetic inhibition prolonged feeding, even in the face of distracting stimuli. Conversely, activation of D1R-MSN terminals in LH was sufficient to abruptly stop ongoing consumption, even during hunger. Direct inhibition of LH GABA neurons, which received input from D1R-MSNs, fully recapitulated these findings. Together, our study resolves a feeding circuit that overrides immediate metabolic need to allow rapid consumption control in response to changing external stimuli. VIDEO ABSTRACT.

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O’CONNOR, Eoin Cornelius et al. Accumbal D1R Neurons Projecting to Lateral Hypothalamus Authorize Feeding. In: Neuron, 2015, vol. 88, n° 3, p. 553–564. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.09.038
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