Rhythmical whisking of the mystacial vibrissae at about 7 Hz during exploration is one of the most conspicuous behavioral patterns in the rat. To identify the final common pathway for vibrissal movement, individual motor branches of the facial nerve, including the posterior auricular, temporal, zygomatic, buccal, marginal mandibular, cervical, stylohyoid,… (More)
Existing cytochrome oxidase (CO)-staining techniques were modified to enhance sensitivity and contrast in order to examine patterns of CO-activity in the dorsal column nuclei (DCN) of adult Long-Evans rats. Within a rostrocaudally limited region in the middle of the cuneate nucleus (CN) distinctive blotches of intense CO-activity were observed. The… (More)
1. Intracellular injections of horseradish peroxidase were made in a functionally identified population of motoneurones in spinal cords of cats. These motoneurones were activated by tactile stimulation of the hind-limb central foot pad. 2. Cell bodies of twenty-two such motoneurones were located in the dorsolateral portion of the ventral horn in the first… (More)
To analyze the patterns of cutaneous primary afferent fibers projecting to the dorsal column nuclei in the rat, horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-based tracers were injected intracutaneously into a number of discrete regions of the forelimbs and hindlimbs. Three-4 days following the HRP injections, the rats were perfused transcardially; 60 microns transverse… (More)
The glabrous skin of the hindlimb of the cat contains 3 types of low-threshold mechanoreceptors: Pacinian corpuscles (PC), and slowly and rapidly adapting receptors. In the present study, 12 primary afferent fibers transmitting impulses from PC were injected intra-axonally with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in the spinal cord to examine the morphology of… (More)
A simple growth algorithm is presented that deals with one feature of dendritic growth, the distance between branches. The fundamental assumption of our growth algorithm is that the lengths of dendritic segments are determined by the branching characteristics of the growing neurite. Realistic-appearing dendritic trees are produced by computer simulations in… (More)
Recently obtained anatomical evidence supports the division of the rat cuneate nucleus (CN) into three rostrocaudal regions, with the middle region receiving a disproportionately greater share of the primary sensory input. The CN in the rat conforms to the basic rostrocaudal CN pattern described in other mammals, including cat, monkey and raccoon.
In normal adult rats, intense immunostaining for the 75 kDa low-affinity receptor for nerve growth factor and other neurotrophins (p75NGFR) is concentrated in the middle region of the cuneate nucleus (CN), distributed in a blotchy pattern similar to that of cytochrome oxidase (CO) activity. In the adult rats, partial dorsal rhizotomies (centered around the… (More)