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[0] Atallah HE, Lopez-Paniagua D, Rudy JW, O'Reilly RC, Separate neural substrates for skill learning and performance in the ventral and dorsal striatum.Nat Neurosci 10:1, 126-31 (2007 Jan)

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ref: Carpenter-1981.11 tags: STN subthalamic nucleus anatomy tracing globus_pallidus PPN substantia_nigra DBS date: 02-22-2012 22:01 gmt revision:7 [6] [5] [4] [3] [2] [1] [head]

PMID-7284825[0] Connections of the subthalamic nucleus in the monkey.

  • STN projects to both segments of the globus pallidus in a laminar and organized fashion.
    • most fibers projected to the lateral pallidal segment (aka GPe).
  • also projected to specific thalamic nuclei (VAmc, VLm, DMpl).
  • the major projection of PPN is to SN.
  • striatum projects to the substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr). interesting.
  • see also: PMID-1707079[1]
    • "Anterograde transport in fibers and terminal fields surrounded retrogradely labeled cells in the LPS (GPe), suggesting a reciprocal relationship [to the STN]"
  • These data suggest that the STN receives its major subcortical input from cell of the LPS (GPe) arranged in arrays which have a rostrocaudal organization.
  • No cells of the MPS (GPi) or SN project to the STN.
  • The output of the STN is to both segments of the GP and SNpr.
  • Major subcortical projections to PPN arise from the MPS (GPi) and SNpr (output of the BG) , but afferents also arise from other sources.
    • The major projection of PPN is to SN.
    • HRP injected into PPN produced profuse retrograde transport in cells of the MPS and SNpr and distinct label in a few cells of the zona incerta and STN.

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[0] Carpenter MB, Carleton SC, Keller JT, Conte P, Connections of the subthalamic nucleus in the monkey.Brain Res 224:1, 1-29 (1981 Nov 9)
[1] Carpenter MB, Jayaraman A, Subthalamic nucleus of the monkey: connections and immunocytochemical features of afferents.J Hirnforsch 31:5, 653-68 (1990)

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ref: Sato-2000.01 tags: globus_pallidus anatomy STN GPi GPe SNr substantia nigra tracing DBS date: 01-26-2012 17:20 gmt revision:6 [5] [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-10660885[0] Single-axon tracing study of neurons of the external segment of the globus pallidus in primate.

  • wow, check out the computerized tracing! the neurons tend to project to multiple areas, usually. I didn't realize this. I imagine that it is relatively common in the brain.
  • complicated, tree-like axon collateral projection from GPe to GPi.
    • They look like the from through some random-walk process; paths are not at all efficient.
    • I assume these axons are mylenated? unmylenated?
  • dendritic fields in the STN seem very dense.
  • study done in cyno. rhesus

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[0] Sato F, Lavallée P, Lévesque M, Parent A, Single-axon tracing study of neurons of the external segment of the globus pallidus in primate.J Comp Neurol 417:1, 17-31 (2000 Jan 31)

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ref: Breit-2006.1 tags: parkinsons basal_ganglia palladium substantia_nigra motor_control striate date: 01-24-2012 22:10 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

I wish i could remember where i got these notes from, so as to verify the somewhat controversial statements. I found them written on the back of a piece of scrap paper.

  • neurophysiological recordings in animals show that over half of basal ganglia neurons fire in response to motor activity but none are triggered by passive limb movement.
  • in parkinson's disease (PD), the substantia nigra actually becomes pale to the eye.
  • stimulation of the striatum does not result in low-threshold movements like stimulation of the cortex does.
  • palladium does not seem linked to motor planning. (just execution?)
  • stimulation of the caudate causes movement, i.e. head turning, while stimulation of the ventromedial caudate produces arrest and crouching movements. (Delgado etc)
  • large bilateral striatal leasions cause inattention.
  • striatal units appear to signal movement, not generate/compute it (really?)
  • in parkinson's disease, motor learning appears normal - it is the initial slowness that is abnormal :: PD relates to the quality of movement, not the quality of the motor commands. Thus, perhaps PD is a disease of gating/attention?
  • in PD, all reflexes except the Hoffman-reflex appear normal.
    • The primary difference between the H-reflex and the spinal stretch reflex is that the H-reflex bypasses the muscle spindle and, therefore, is a valuable tool in assessing modulation of monosynaptic reflex activity in the spinal cord. The H-reflex is an estimate of alpha motoneuron ( alphaalpha MN) excitability when presynaptic inhibition and intrinsic excitability of the alphaalpha MNs remain constant.
  • A lesion of the PPN (pedunculo pontine nucleus) was shown to restore decreased activity levels in the SNr and STN of a rat model of parkinson's (lesion of the SNc) PMID-17042796

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ref: Atallah-2007.01 tags: striatum skill motor learning VTA substantia nigra basal ganglia reinforcement learning date: 12-31-2011 18:59 gmt revision:3 [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-17187065[0] Separate neural substrates for skill learning and performance in the ventral and dorsal striatum.

  • good paper. via SCLin's blog. slightly confusing anatomical terminology.
  • tested in rats, which has a anatomically different basal ganglia system than primates.
  • Rats had to choose which driection in a Y maze based on olfactory cues. Normal rats figure it out in 60 trials.
  • ventral striatum (nucleus accumbens here in rats) connects to the ventral prefrontal cortices (for example, the orbitofrontal cortex)
    • in primates, includes the medial caudate, which has been shown in fMRI to respond to reward prediction error. Neural activity in the caudate is attenuated when a monkey reaches optimal performance.
  • dorsal parts of the striatum (according to web: caudate, putamen, globus pallidus in primates) connect to the dorsal prefrontal and motor cortices
    • (according to them:) this corresponds to the putamen in primates. Activity in the putamen reflects performance but not learning.
    • activity in the putamen is highest after successful learning & accurate performance.
  • used muscimol (GABAa agonist, silences neural activity) and AP-5 (blocks NMDA based plasticity), in each of the target areas.
  • dorsal striatum is involved in performance but not learning
    • Injection of muscimol during acquisition did not impair test performance
    • Injection of muscimol during test phase did impair performance
    • Injection of AP-5 during acquisition had no effect.
    • in acquisition sessions, muscimol blocked instrumental response (performance); but muscimol only has a small effect when it was injected after rats perfected the task.
      • Idea: consistent behavior creates a stimulus-response association in extrastriatal brain areas, e.g. cerebral cortex. That is, the basal ganglia is the reinforcement signal, the cortex learns the association due to feedback-driven behavior? Not part of the habit system, but make and important contribution to goal-directed behavior.
      • This is consistent with the observation that behavior is initially goal driven but is later habitual.
    • Actually, other studies show that plasticity in the dorsal striatum may be detrimental to instrumental learning.
    • The number of neurons that fire just before the execution of a response is larger in the putamen than the caudate.
  • ventral striatum is involved in learning and performance.
    • Injection of AP-5 or muscimol during acquisition (learning behavior) impairs test performance.
    • Injection of AP-5 during test performance has no effect , but muscimol impairs performance.
  • Their data support an actor-director-critic architecture of the striatum:
    • Actor = dorsal striatum; involved in performance, but not in learning them.
    • Director = ventral striatum; quote "it somehow learns the relevant task demands and directs the dorsal striatum to perform the appropriate action plans, but, crucially, it does not train the dorsal striatum"
      • ventrai striatum acts through the orbitofrontal cortex that mantains representations of task-reward contingencies.
      • ventral striatum might also select action selection through it's projections to the substantia nigra.
    • Critic = dopaminergic inputs from the ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra.

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ref: Corlett-2007.09 tags: delusions pFC substantia nigra date: 09-23-2008 06:15 gmt revision:0 [head]

PMID-17690132 Disrupted prediction-error signal in psychosis: evidence for an associative account of delusions.

  • Hypothesis: the creation and maintenance of psychotic or delusional beliefs is caused by (or causally related to) malfunction in the predictive error circuitry in the brain. (namely, the prefrontal cortex, substantia nigra, and striatum).
  • Previous studies have shown that administering Ketamine, a dissociative drug that can cause delusions, effects this same pathway.
  • The authors tested the hypothesis by training control and psychotic subjects in an associative task: subjects had to determine if a fictitious patient would be allergic to a meal given example meals and resulting allergic reaction.
  • Both sets had about the same behavioral performance; however, activation of the prefrontal cortex, substantia nigra, and left striatum was less in the psychotic (some drug treated) subjects. This comparison of activation was measured between control trials (no prediction error) and violation trials (prediction violated) as well as unovershadowing (a and b causes allergy, but a or b separately do not)

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ref: neuro notes-0 tags: SNr SNc substantia nigra anatomy tracing date: 02-06-2007 05:40 gmt revision:0 [head]

Patterns of axonal branching of neurons of the substantia nigra pars reticulata and pars lateralis in the rat.

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ref: Wichmann-1999.04 tags: parkinsons basal ganglia substantia nigra date: 0-0-2007 0:0 revision:0 [head]

PMID-10323285 Comparison of MPTP-induced changes in spontaneous neuronal discharge in the internal pallidal segment and in the substania nigra pars reticulata

  • putamen = motor portion of the striatum.
  • basal ganglia output is directed toward the ventral anterior, ventrolateral, and centromedial nuclei of the thalamus, which, in turn, project back to the cortex. Plus, the output of the basal ganglia project to the cortex.
  • MPTP induces excessive 3-8 Hz bursts in the GPi (e.g. correlated with tremor).