Reticular nucleus of rat thalamus is metabolically activated during trained forelimb movements

Manuel F. Gonzalez, Frank R Sharp

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Sprague-Dawley rats were trained to grasp and repetitively press a lever. 2-[14C]deoxyglucose (2-DG) autoradiographs of the brains of these animals revealed focal increases of 2-DG uptake in the reticular (R) nucleus of thalamus when compared to control subjects. The data demonstrate that 2-DG uptake increases in a nucleus which contains exclusively inhibitory neurons, and are pertinent to hypotheses that R might play a role in selective attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-385
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 22 1985
Externally publishedYes



  • 2-deoxyglucose
  • motor systems
  • operant conditioning
  • thalamic reticular nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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