Characterization of CaMKII-expressing neurons within a striatal region implicated in avian vocal learning.

@article{Hein2007CharacterizationOC,
  title={Characterization of CaMKII-expressing neurons within a striatal region implicated in avian vocal learning.},
  author={Amy M. Hein and Aadhavi Sridharan and Kathy W. Nordeen and Ernest J. Nordeen},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2007},
  volume={1155},
  pages={125-33}
}
In songbirds, an anterior forebrain pathway has been implicated in vocal learning. Within Area X, the striatal-pallidal component of this forebrain pathway, early social tutoring dramatically increases the autophosphorylation of CaMKII (calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II). Activation of CaMKII often is associated with forms of synaptic plasticity (e.g. LTP) underlying learning and memory, and electrophysiological studies have demonstrated NMDA and dopamine (DA) receptor-dependent… CONTINUE READING