Integrated Control of Predatory Hunting by the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala

@article{Han2017IntegratedCO,
  title={Integrated Control of Predatory Hunting by the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala},
  author={Wenfei Han and Luis A. Tellez and Miguel J. Rangel and Simone Cristina Motta and Xiaobing Zhang and Isaac O. Perez and Newton Sabino Canteras and Sara Joyce Shammah-Lagnado and Anthony N. van den Pol and Ivan E. de Ara{\'u}jo},
  journal={Cell},
  year={2017},
  volume={168},
  pages={311-324.e18}
}
Superior predatory skills led to the evolutionary triumph of jawed vertebrates. However, the mechanisms by which the vertebrate brain controls predation remain largely unknown. Here, we reveal a critical role for the central nucleus of the amygdala in predatory hunting. Both optogenetic and chemogenetic stimulation of central amygdala of mice elicited predatory-like attacks upon both insect and artificial prey. Coordinated control of cervical and mandibular musculatures, which is necessary for… CONTINUE READING