Ichiro Takashima

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Using intrinsic and voltage-sensitive dye optical imaging methods, somatosensory-evoked neural activity and the consequent metabolic activity were visualized in the barrel cortex at high temporal and spatial resolution. We compared maps of neural and metabolic activity from the perspective of spatial distribution in the cortex. There was good agreement(More)
In order to examine whether the basal ganglia are involved in arbitrary visuomotor association, we recorded neuronal activity in the internal segment of the globus pallidus (GPi) of monkeys during a conditional visuomotor learning task. Two monkeys were presented a cueing visual stimulus, and following a delay period required to push, pull or turn a(More)
A number of sensory modalities most likely converge in the rat perirhinal cortex. The perirhinal cortex also interconnects with the amygdala, which plays an important role in various motivational and emotional behaviors. The neural pathway from the perirhinal cortex to the entorhinal cortex is considered one of the main paths into the entorhinal-hippocampal(More)
The processing of olfactory inputs by the parahippocampal region has a central role in the organization of memory in mammals. The olfactory input is relayed to the hippocampus via interposed synapses located in the piriform and entorhinal cortices. Whether olfactory afferents directly or indirectly project to other areas of the parahippocampal region beside(More)
The primary motor cortex (M1) receives dopaminergic projections from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) through the mesocortical dopamine pathway. However, few studies have focused on changes in M1 neuronal activity caused by VTA activation. To address this issue, we used voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSD) to reveal the spatiotemporal dynamics of M1 activity(More)
In the rodent somatosensory system, stimulus information received by the whiskers is relayed to the barrel cortex via two parallel pathways, the lemniscal pathway and the paralemniscal pathway. The lemniscal pathway includes the principal trigeminal nucleus (Pr5) and the ventral posteromedial thalamic nucleus (VPm). The paralemniscal pathway includes the(More)
Using a voltage-sensitive dye, the spatiotemporal dynamics of prefrontal neuronal activity evoked by electrical stimulation of the ventral tegmental area were visualized through optical imaging in anaesthetized rats. Even single-pulse stimulation of the ventral tegmental area elicited a widespread wave of depolarization followed by hyperpolarization in the(More)
Since the discovery of the superfamily of approximately 1000 odorant receptor genes in rodents, the structural simplicity as well as the complexity of the olfactory system have been revealed. The simple aspects include the one neuron-one receptor rule and the exclusive convergence of projections from receptor neurons expressing the same receptors to one or(More)
The amygdaloid cortex (AC) has reciprocal connections with the entorhinal cortex (EC) and also receives projections from the olfactory bulb and the piriform cortex (PC). To assess the possibility that the AC and EC represent functionally coupled structures in the olfactory stream of information, we investigated the propagation pattern of neural activity in(More)
We previously reported that secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) mRNA is expressed in neurons whose axons form the corticospinal tract (CST) of the rhesus macaque, but not in the corresponding neurons of the marmoset and rat. This suggests that SPP1 expression is involved in the functional or structural specialization of highly developed corticospinal systems(More)