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J Comp Neurol. 1992 Sep 22;323(4):537-50.

Development of the olivocerebellar projection in the rat: II. Matching of the developmental compartmentations of the cerebellum and inferior olive through the projection map.

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Laboratoire de Neuromorphologie, INSERM U 106, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France.


A transient biochemical parcellation has been observed by immunocytochemical methods, during the perinatal development of both the inferior olive and the cerebellum. In the present study, we sought a relationship between this developmental compartmentation and the organization of the olivocerebellar projection. In the inferior olive, a transient parvalbumin immunoreactivity restricted to the dorsal cap of the medial accessory olive is observed around birth. The climbing fiber projection of the dorsal cap was identified in the cerebellum of newborn rats based on its parvalbumin immunoreactivity. The pattern of this projection, restricted to lobules IX and X of the vermis, and to the flocculus, is indistinguishable from that of the adult medial accessory olive, which was previously described from axonal tracing experiments. The parvalbumin immunoreactive climbing fibers were followed between birth and postnatal day 7. In the caudal vermis, Purkinje cell subpopulations can be identified between embryonic day 20 and postnatal day three, on the basis of their differential immunostaining with an antibody directed against a specific peptide, PEP 19. In lobule X, the parvalbumin immunoreactive climbing fibers form two sagittal bands on each side of the midline, one medial and one lateral. The medial parvalbumin immunoreactive climbing fiber band is coextensive with a PEP 19 negative Purkinje cell cluster, indicating a clear relationship between the biochemical parcellations of the cerebellum and inferior olive.

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