Ferguson LA, Matamales M, Nolan C, Balleine BW & Bertran-Gonzalez J (2022) Adaptation of sequential action benefits from timing variability related to lateral basal ganglia circuitry. iScience. [Preprint][Journal Article]   


Bertran-Gonzalez J, Dinale C & Matamales M (2023) Restoring the youthful state of striatal plasticity in aged mice re-enables cognitive control of action. Current Biology. [Journal Article][Preprint]


Ztaou S, Oh SJ, Tepler S, Fleury S, Matamales M, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Chuhma N & Rayport S (2021) Single dose of amphetamine induces delayed subregional attenuation of cholinergic interneuron activity in the striatum. eNeuro. [Journal Article] [Preprint]

Matamales M (2021) How dopamine leads to hallucinations. Science. [Journal Article]

Balleine BW, Peak J, Matamales M, Bertran-Gonzalez J & Hart G (2021) The dorsomedial striatum: an optimal cellular environment for encoding and updating goal-directed learning. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences[Journal Article]


Fisher S*, Ferguson LA*, Bertran-Gonzalez J & Balleine BW (2020) Amygdala-cortical control of striatal plasticity drives the acquisition of goal-directed action. Current Biology[Journal Article][Preprint]

Morse AK, Leung BK, Health E, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Pepin E, Chieng BC, Balleine BW & Laurent V (2020) Basolateral Amygdala Drives a GPCR-Mediated Striatal Memory Necessary for Predictive Learning to Influence Choice. Neuron. 106 (5):855–869. [Journal Article]

Matamales M, McGovern AE, Mi JD, Mazzone SB, Balleine BW & Bertran-Gonzalez J (2020) Local D2- to D1-neuron transmodulation updates goal-directed learning in the striatum. Science. 367 (6477):549–555. [Journal Article][Preprint][Source Dataset]


Cummins N, Tweedie A, Zuryn S, Bertran‐Gonzalez J, Götz J (2019) Disease‐associated tau impairs mitophagy by inhibiting Parkin translocation to mitochondria. The EMBO journal 38 (3). [Journal Article]


Bradfield LA, Matamales M, Bertran-Gonzalez J (2018) The thalamostriatal pathway and the hierarchical control of action. Neuron 100 (3), 521-523. [Journal Article]

Bertran-Gonzalez J, Laurent V (2018) Studying integrative processing and prospected plasticity in cholinergic interneurons: the importance of Pavlovian–instrumental transfer. Goal-Directed Decision Making, 221-241. [Journal Article]


Doly S, Quentin E, Eddine R, Tolu S, Fernandez SP, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Valjent E, Belmer A, Viñals X, Callebert J, Faure P, Meye FJ, Hervé D, Robledo P, Mameli M, Launay JM, Maldonado R, Maroteaux L (2017) Serotonin 2B receptors in mesoaccumbens dopamine pathway regulate cocaine responses. Journal of Neuroscience 37 (43), 10372-10388. [Journal Article] 

Matamales M, Skrbis Z, Bailey MR, Balsam PD, Balleine BW, Götz J, Bertran-Gonzalez J (2017) A corticostriatal deficit promotes temporal distortion of automatic action in ageing. Elife 6, e29908. [Journal Article]  

Nishi A, Matamales M, Musante V, Valjent E, Kuroiwa M, Kitahara Y, Rebholz H, Greengard P, Girault JA, Nairn AC (2017) Glutamate counteracts dopamine/PKA signaling via dephosphorylation of DARPP-32 Ser-97 and alteration of its cytonuclear distribution. Journal of Biological Chemistry 292 (4), 1462-1476. [Journal Article]   


Matamales M, Götz J, Bertran-Gonzalez J (2016) Quantitative imaging of cholinergic interneurons reveals a distinctive spatial organization and a functional gradient across the mouse striatum. PloS One 11 (6), e0157682. [Journal Article]   

Matamales M*, Skrbis Z*, Hatch RJ, Balleine BW, Götz J, Bertran-Gonzalez J (2016) Aging-related dysfunction of striatal cholinergic interneurons produces conflict in action selection. Neuron 90 (2), 362-373. [Journal Article]   

Before 2016 (selected)

Laurent V*, Bertran-Gonzalez J*, Chieng BC, Balleine BW (2014) δ-opioid and dopaminergic processes in accumbens shell modulate the cholinergic control of predictive learning and choice. Journal of Neuroscience 34 (4), 1358-1369. [Journal Article]   

Bertran-Gonzalez J*, Laurent V*, Chieng BC, Christie MDJ, Balleine BW (2013) Learning-related translocation of δ-opioid receptors on ventral striatal cholinergic interneurons mediates choice between goal-directed actions. Journal of Neuroscience 33 (41), 16060-16071. [Journal Article]  

Bonito-Oliva A, Pallottino S, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Girault JA, Valjent E, Fisone G (2013) Haloperidol promotes mTORC1-dependent phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6 via dopamine-and cAMP-regulated phosphoprotein of 32 kDa and inhibition of protein phosphatase-1. Neuropharmacology 72, 197-203. [Journal Article]   

Bradfield LA, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Chieng BC, Balleine BW (2013) The thalamostriatal pathway and cholinergic control of goal-directed action: interlacing new with existing learning in the striatum. Neuron 79 (1), 153-166. [Journal Article]  

Bertran-Gonzalez J, Chieng BC, Laurent V, Valjent E, Balleine BW (2012) Striatal cholinergic interneurons display activity-related phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6. PloS One 7 (12), e53195. [Journal Article]  

Matamales M (2012) Neuronal activity-regulated gene transcription: how are distant synaptic signals conveyed to the nucleus? F1000Research 1: 69. [Journal Article]

Matamales M, Girault JA (2011) Signaling from the cytoplasm to the nucleus in striatal medium-sized spiny neurons. Frontiers in neuroanatomy 5. [Journal Article]

Bertran-Gonzalez J, Håkansson K, Borgkvist A, Irinopoulou T, Brami-Cherrier K, Usiello A, Greengard P, Hervé D, Girault JA, Valjent E, Fisone G (2009) Histone H3 phosphorylation is under the opposite tonic control of dopamine D2 and adenosine A2A receptors in striatopallidal neurons. Neuropsychopharmacology 34 (7), 1710. [Journal Article

Matamales M*, Bertran-Gonzalez J*, Salomon L, Degos B, Deniau JM, Valjent E, Hervé D, Girault JA (2009) Striatal medium-sized spiny neurons: identification by nuclear staining and study of neuronal subpopulations in BAC transgenic mice. PLoS One 4 (3), e4770. [Journal Article]

Bertran-Gonzalez J, Bosch C, Maroteaux M, Matamales M, Hervé D, Valjent E, Girault JA (2008) Opposing patterns of signaling activation in dopamine D1 and D2 receptor-expressing striatal neurons in response to cocaine and haloperidol. Journal of Neuroscience 28 (22), 5671-5685. [Journal Article

Stipanovich A*, Valjent E*, Matamales M*, Nishi A, Ahn JH, Maroteaux M, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Brami-Cherrier K, Enslen H, Corbillé AG, Filhol O, Nairn AC, Greengard P, Hervé D, Girault JA (2008) A phosphatase cascade by which rewarding stimuli control nucleosomal response. Nature 453 (7197), 879-884. [Journal Article]   


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