Kelley AE, Baldo BA, Pratt WE, Will MJ. Corticostriatal-hypothalamic circuitry and food motivation: Integration of energy, action and reward. Physiol Behav 86: 773-795

Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, 6001 Research Park Blvd., Madison, WI 53719, USA.
Physiology & Behavior (Impact Factor: 2.98). 01/2006; 86(5):773-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2005.08.066
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Work over the past decade has supported the idea that discrete aspects of appetitive motivation are differentially mediated by separate but interacting neurochemical systems within the nucleus accumbens (Acb). We review herein a series of studies in rats comparing the effects of manipulating Acb amino acid, opioid, acetylcholine, and dopamine systems on tests of free-feeding and food-reinforced operant responding. Results from our laboratory and in the literature support three general conclusions: (1) GABA output neurons localized exclusively within the Acb shell directly influence hypothalamic effector mechanisms for feeding motor patterns, but do not participate in the execution of more complex food-seeking strategies; (2) enkephalinergic neurons distributed throughout the Acb and caudate-putamen mediate the hedonic impact of palatable (high sugar/fat) foods, and these neurons are under modulatory control by striatal cholinergic interneurons; and (3) dopamine transmission in the Acb governs general motoric and arousal processes related to response selection and invigoration, as well as motor learning-related plasticity. These dissociations may reflect the manner in which these neurochemical systems differentially access pallido-thalamo-cortical loops reaching the voluntary motor system (in the case of opioids and dopamine), versus more restricted efferent connections to hypothalamic motor/autonomic control columns (in the case of Acb shell GABA and glutamate systems). Moreover, we hypothesize that while these systems work in tandem to coordinate the anticipatory and consummatory phases of feeding with hypothalamic energy-sensing substrates, the striatal opioid network evolved a specialized capacity to promote overeating of energy-dense foods beyond acute homeostatic needs, to ensure an energy reserve for potential future famine.

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    • "Consistent with these pharmacological studies, unit recordings in freely feeding rats have identified subpopulations of NAcSh neurons that reduce their activity during feeding (Krause et al., 2010; Roitman et al., 2010; Tellez et al., 2012) and that shift to increased firing when animals are presented with aversive conditioned food (Roitman et al., 2010). From these studies, a model has been proposed in which inhibitory projections from the NAcSh to the LH serve as a sensory sentinel, allowing rapid control over food consumption in response to motivational or sensory signals (Baldo and Kelley, 2007; Kelley et al., 2005b). However, this circuit has not been resolved at the cellular level and its temporal dynamics have not been characterized. "
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    • "For example, it has already been shown that CeA activity is required to observe feeding driven by an energy deficit (24-hr food deprivation) (Baldo, Alsene, Negron, & Kelley, 2005; Minano, Meneres Sancho, Sancibrian, Salinas, & Myers, 1992). Furthermore, inactivation of the CeA, but not the BLA, blocks intra-Acb muscimolinduced feeding (Baldo et al., 2005), a pharmacological model that parallels the motivational state induced by energy deficit (i.e., food restriction; see Kelley et al., 2005, for review). "

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