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Prog Neurobiol. 2003 Aug;70(6):473-507.

Patterned Purkinje cell death in the cerebellum.

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Genes Development Research Group, Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alta., Canada T2N 4N1.


The object of this review is to assemble much of the literature concerning Purkinje cell death in cerebellar pathology and to relate this to what is now known about the complex topography of the cerebellar cortex. A brief introduction to Purkinje cells, and their regionalization is provided, and then the data on Purkinje cell death in mouse models and, where appropriate, their human counterparts, have been arranged according to several broad categories--naturally-occurring and targeted mutations leading to Purkinje cell death, Purkinje cell death due to toxins, Purkinje cell death in ischemia, Purkinje cell death in infection and in inherited disorders, etc. The data reveal that cerebellar Purkinje cell death is much more topographically complex than is usually appreciated.

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