Convergent, not serial, striatal and pallidal circuits regulate opioid-induced food intake.

@article{Taha2009ConvergentNS,
  title={Convergent, not serial, striatal and pallidal circuits regulate opioid-induced food intake.},
  author={Sharif A. Taha and Yoshihiro Katsuura and David Noorvash and A Seroussi and Howard L Fields},
  journal={Neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={161 3},
  pages={718-33}
}
Mu opioid receptor (MOR) signaling in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) elicits marked increases in the consumption of palatable tastants. However, the mechanism and circuitry underlying this effect are not fully understood. Multiple downstream target regions have been implicated in mediating this effect but the role of the ventral pallidum (VP), a primary target of NAcc efferents, has not been well defined. To probe the mechanisms underlying increased consumption, we identified behavioral changes… CONTINUE READING

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