Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Biol, Grad Program Genet & Mol Biol, Rua Monteiro Lobato 255, BR-13083862 Campinas, SP - Brazil
 Scripps Res, Dept Cell Biol, 10550 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037 - USA
Total Affiliations: 3
AUG 25 2020.
Web of Science Citations:
The internal representation of sensory information via coherent activation of specific pathways in the nervous system is key to appropriate behavioral responses. Little is known about how chemical stimuli that elicit instinctive behaviors lead to organized patterns of activity in the hypothalamus. Here, we study how a wide range of chemosignals form a discernible map of olfactory information in the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH) and show that different stimuli entail distinct active neural ensembles. Importantly, we demonstrate that this map depends on functional inputs from the vomeronasal organ. We present evidence that the spatial locations of active VMH ensembles are correlated with activation of distinct vomeronasal receptors and that disjunct VMH ensembles exhibit differential projection patterns. Moreover, active ensembles with distinct spatial locations are not necessarily associated with different behavior categories, such as defensive or social, calling for a revision of the currently accepted model of VMH organization. (AU)