Accumbal D2 cells orchestrate innate risk-avoidance according to orexin signalsMore about Open Access at the Crick
Authors listCraig Blomeley Celia Garau Denis Burdakov
Excitation of accumbal D2 cells governs vital actions, including avoidance of learned risks, but the origins of this excitation and roles of D2 cells in innate risk-avoidance are unclear. Hypothalamic neurons producing orexins (also called hypocretins) enhance innate risk-avoidance via poorly understood neurocircuits. We describe a direct orexin→D2 excitatory circuit and show that D2 cell activity is necessary for orexin-dependent innate risk-avoidance in mice, thus revealing an unsuspected hypothalamus-accumbens interplay in action selection.
Journal Nature Neuroscience
Issue number 1