Distributions of spinothalamic, spinohypothalamic, and spinotelencephalic fibers revealed by anterograde transport of PHA-L in rats

Kenneth D. Cliffer, Rami Burstein, Glenn J. Giesler

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Abstract

Fibers projecting from several levels of the spinal cord to the diencephalon and telencephalon were labeled anterogradely with Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin injected iontophoretically. Labeled fibers in the thalamus confirmed projections previously observed. In addition, many labeled fibers were seen in the hypothalamus and in telencephalic areas not generally recognized previously as receiving such projections. In the hypothalamus, these areas included the lateral hypothalamus (including the medial forebrain bundle), the posterior hypothalamic area, the dorsal hypothalamic area, the dorsomedial nucleus, the paraventricular nucleus, the periventricular area, the suprachiasmatic nucleus, and the lateral and medial preoptic areas. In the telencephalon, areas with labeled fibers included the ventral pallidum, the globus pallidus, the substantia innominata, the basal nucleus of Meynert, the amygdala (central nucleus), the horizontal and vertical limbs of the diagonal band of Broca, the medial and lateral septal nuclei, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, the nucleus accumbens, infralimbic cortex, and medial orbital cortex. These results suggest that somatosensory, possibly including visceral sensory, information is carried directly from the spinal cord to areas in the brain involved in autonomic regulation, motivation, emotion, attention, arousal, learning, memory, and sensory-motor integration. Many of these areas are associated with the limbic system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)852-868
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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