Development of stereotaxic recording system for awake marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)

Neurosci Res. 2018 Oct:135:37-45. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2018.01.001. Epub 2018 Jan 6.


The common marmoset has been proposed as a potential alternative to macaque monkey as a primate model for neuroscience and medical research. Here, we have newly developed a stereotaxic neuronal recording system for awake marmosets under the head-fixed condition by modifying that for macaque monkeys. Using this system, we recorded neuronal activity in the cerebral cortex of awake marmosets and successfully identified the primary motor cortex by intracortical microstimulation. Neuronal activities of deep brain structures, such as the basal ganglia, thalamus, and cerebellum, in awake marmosets were also successfully recorded referring to magnetic resonance images. Our system is suitable for functional mapping of the brain, since the large recording chamber allows access to arbitrary regions over almost the entire brain, and the recording electrode can be easily moved stereotaxically from one site to another. In addition, our system is desirable for neuronal recording during task performance to assess motor skills and cognitive function, as the marmoset sits in the marmoset chair and can freely use its hands. Moreover, our system can be used in combination with cutting-edge techniques, such as two-photon imaging and optogenetic manipulation. This recording system will contribute to boosting neuroscience and medical research using marmosets.

Keywords: electrophysiology; functional brain mapping; head fixation; magnetic resonance imaging; primary motor cortex; single-unit recording.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Callithrix / physiology*
  • Callithrix / surgery
  • Electrodes, Implanted*
  • Female
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / instrumentation*
  • Male
  • Sensorimotor Cortex / physiology
  • Stereotaxic Techniques / instrumentation*