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Organization of projections from the medial agranular cortex to the superior colliculus in the rat: a study using anterograde and retrograde tracing methods.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Brain Research
0006-8993
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
903
Issue
1-2
Pages
168–176
Identifiers
PMID: 11382400
Source
Medline

Abstract

The organization of corticotectal projections from the medial agranular cortex (AGm), which has been considered to contain rat's frontal eye field, was examined using anterograde and retrograde tracing techniques. When biotinylated dextranamine (BDA) injections were made into the rostral part of the AGm, small numbers of BDA-labeled axons were found in the rostral two-thirds of the superior colliculus (SC) while some labeled axons were seen in the caudal one-third of the SC. These labeled axons were distributed mainly in the lateral part of the stratum griseum intermediale. On the other hand, after BDA injections into the caudal part of the AGm, moderate to dense plexuses of labeled axons were found in the rostral two-thirds of the SC while some labeled axons were seen in the caudal one-third of the SC. These labeled axons were distributed in the ventromedial and dorsolateral marginal zones of the stratum griseum intermediale as well as in the stratum griseum profundum. The corticotectal projections were largely uncrossed. After combined injections of BDA into the caudal part of the AGm on one side and cholera toxin B subunit (CTb) into the paramedian pontine reticular formation on the opposite side or into the interstitial nucleus of Cajal on the same side, the overlapping distributions of BDA-labeled axons and CTb-labeled neurons were found in the ventromedial marginal zone of the stratum griseum intermediale ipsilateral to the site of BDA injection. These results suggest that the caudal part of the AGm plays a more significant role in the oculomotor function than does the rostral part of the AGm.

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