Different corticostriatal projections from two parts of the cortical masticatory area in the rabbit

Yuji Masuda, Seo Kwan Kim, Takafumi Kato, Seiji Iida, Atsushi Yoshida, Yoshihisa Tachibana, Toshifumi Morimoto

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The cortical masticatory area (CMA) elicits rhythmic jaw movements in response to repetitive stimulation and is involved in the control of mastication. Based on jaw movement patterns, the CMA is divided into two parts. One is the part of the CMA in which a T-pattern similar to jaw movements during food transport in natural mastication is evoked by electrical stimulation. The other is more dorsomedially located, and during chewing a C-pattern similar to jaw movements can be induced. However, it is still not known which region of the putamen receives projections from the CMA and whether projections originate from both parts of the CMA. In this study, electrophysiological and histological experiments were undertaken in rabbits to investigate projections from the CMA to the putamen. Both experiments showed that the ventral region of the putamen received projections from the CMA. The density of the projections from the CMA area inducing the T-pattern seemed to be higher than that from the area inducing the C-pattern. Furthermore, the peak latency of the evoked potentials from stimulation of the CMA area inducing the T-pattern was shorter than that from stimulation of the area inducing the C-pattern. The data obtained from the present study indicate the functional role of the ventral region of the putamen in the regulation of mastication, and further suggest that the corticostriatal pathway is involved in the transition between behavioral jaw movement patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-404
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Basal ganglia
  • Feeding
  • Jaw movements
  • Mastication
  • Putamen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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