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The cellular basis of distinct thirst modalities.
Pool, A.P., Wang, T., Stafford, D., Chance, R., Lee, S., Ngai, J., Oka, Y.
Nature 10.1038/s41586-020-2821-8 (2020)

Neural control and modulation of thirst, sodium appetite, and hunger.
#Augustine, V., #Lee, S.,
Oka, Y.
180, 25-32 (2020)

Multidimensional analysis of cell types in a hypothalamic node controlling social behavior.
Kim, D-W., Yao, Z., Graybuck, L., Kim, T., Nguyen, T., Smith, K., Fong, O., Yi, L., Koulena, N., Pierson, N., Shah, A., Lo, L., Pool, A.H., Oka, Y. Pachter, L., Cai, L., Tasic, B., Zeng, H., Anderson, D.

Cell 179, 713-728 (2019).

Temporally and spatially distinct thirst satiation signals.
Augustine, V., Ebisu, H., Zhao, Y., Lee, S., Ho, B., Mizuno, G., Tian, L., Oka, Y.
Neuron 103, 242-249 (2019).

Chemosensory modulation of neural circuits for sodium appetite.
Lee, S., Augustine, V., Zhao, Y., Ebisu, H., Ho, B., Kong, D., Oka, Y.
Nature 568, 93-97 (2019).

Neural populations for maintaining body fluid balance.
Ichiki, T., Augustine, V., Oka, Y.
Current Opinion in Neurobiology 57, 134-140 (2019).

Peripheral and central nutrient sensing underlying appetite regulation.
Augustine, V., Gokce, S.K., Oka, Y.

Trends in Neurosciences 41, issue 8526-539 (2018).

Opening a "wide" window onto taste signal transmission.
Oka, Y.
Neuron (preview) 98 (3), 456-458 (2018).

Hierarchical neural architecture underlying thirst regulation.
Augustine, V., #Gokce, S.K., #Lee, S., Wang, B., Davidson, T.J., Reimann, F., Gribble, F., Deisseroth, K., Lois, C., Oka, Y.
Nature 555, 204-209 (2018).

The cellular mechanism for water detection in the mammalian taste system.
Zocchi, D., Wennemuth, G. & Oka, Y.
Nature Neuroscience 20, 927-933 (2017).

Thirst Driving and Suppressing Signals Encoded by Distinct Neural Populations in the Brain.

Oka, Y*.
, Mingyu Ye, and Zuker, CS.

520, 349-352 (2015).

High salt recruits aversive taste pathways.
Oka, Y., Butnaru, M., von Buchholtz, L., Ryba, NJ., and Zuker, CS.
Nature 494, 472-475 (2013).

The cells and peripheral representation of sodium taste in mice.

Chandrashekar, J., #Kuhn, C., #Oka, Y., Yarmolinsky, DA., Hummler, E., Ryba, NJ., and Zuker, CS.
Nature 464, 297-301 (2010).

The taste of carbonation.
Chandrashekar, J., Yarmolinsky, D., von Buchholtz, L., Oka, Y., Sly, W., Ryba, NJ.,and Zuker, CS.
Science 326, 443-445 (2009).

Odorant receptor map in the mouse olfactory bulb: in vivo sensitivity and specificity of receptor-defined glomeruli.
Oka, Y., Katada, S., Omura, M., Suwa, M., Yoshihara, Y., and Touhara, K.
Neuron 52, 857-869 (2006).

Olfactory receptor antagonism between odorants.
Oka, Y., Omura, M., Kataoka, H., and Touhara, K.
EMBO J 23, 120-126 (2004).

*corresponding author  |  #equal contributor

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