Striatal GPR88 modulates foraging efficiency

Aundrea Rainwater, Elisenda Sanz, Richard D. Palmiter, Albert Quintana

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© 2017 the authors. The striatum is anatomically and behaviorally implicated in behaviors that promote efficient foraging. To investigate this function, we studied instrumental choice behavior in mice lacking GPR88, a striatum-enriched orphan G-protein-coupled receptor that modulates striatal medium spiny neuron excitability. Our results reveal that hungry mice lacking GPR88 (KO mice) were slow to acquire foodreinforced lever press but could lever press similar to controls on a progressive ratio schedule. Both WT and KO mice discriminated between reward and no-reward levers; however, KO mice failed to discriminate based on relative quantity-reward (1 vs 3 food pellets) or effort (3 vs 9 lever presses).Wealso demonstrate preference for the high-reward (3 pellet) lever was selectively reestablished when GPR88 expression was restored to the striatum. We propose that GPR88 expression within the striatum is integral to efficient action-selection during foraging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7939-7947
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2017


  • Action selection
  • Decision making
  • Mouse genetics
  • Striatum


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