A comprehensive excitatory input map of the striatum reveals novel functional organization
The striatum integrates excitatory inputs from the cortex and the thalamus to control diverse functions. Although the striatum is thought to consist of sensorimotor, associative and limbic domains, their precise demarcations and whether additional functional subdivisions exist remain unclear. How striatal inputs are differentially segregated into each domain is also poorly understood. This study presents a comprehensive map of the excitatory inputs to the mouse striatum. The input patterns reveal boundaries between the known striatal domains. The most posterior striatum likely represents a novel functional subdivision, and the dorsomedial striatum integrates highly heterogeneous, multimodal inputs. The complete thalamo-cortico-striatal circuit loop is also presented, which reveals that the thalamic subregions innervated by the basal ganglia preferentially interconnect with motor-related cortical areas. Optogenetic experiments show the subregion-specific heterogeneity in the synaptic properties of striatal inputs from both the cortex and the thalamus. This projectome will guide functional studies investigating diverse striatal functions.
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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (R01NS081071)
- Tianyi Mao
National Institute of Mental Health (DP2OD008425)
- Haining Zhong
National Science Foundation
- Barbara J Hunnicutt
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Animal experimentation: All animal experiments were conducted according to National Institutes of Health guidelines for animal research and were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC protocol number: IS00003542).
- David C Van Essen, Washington University in St Louis, United States
- Received: June 24, 2016
- Accepted: November 25, 2016
- Accepted Manuscript published: November 28, 2016 (version 1)
- Version of Record published: January 3, 2017 (version 2)
© 2016, Hunnicutt et al.
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