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Foraging and flight trump defense and fight

Hypothalamic Agouti-related peptide (AgRP)-expressing neurons promote feeding via inhibitory mechanisms. A downstream target in the medial amygdala both mediates feeding and modulates risk-taking and defensive behaviors in the face of starvation.

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Figure 1: AgRP→MeA terminal activation dampens territorial aggression.

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Li, C., Krashes, M. Foraging and flight trump defense and fight. Nat Neurosci 19, 645–646 (2016).

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