Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have identified a circuit in the brains of mice that regulates thirst. When a subset of cells in the circuit is switched on, mice immediately begin drinking water, even if they are fully hydrated. A second set of cells suppresses the urge to drink.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have identified the brain circuit that regulates thirst.
Credit:Image courtesy of Zuker Lab, HHMI at Columbia University
Thirst driving and suppressing signals encoded by distinct neural populations in the brain, doi:10.1038/nature14108