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Brain Res Bull. 1988 Jul;21(1):123-7.

Amygdaloid projections to commissural interneurons for masticatory motoneurons.

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Department of Anatomy, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan.


Injections of wheat germ agglutinin conjugated horseradish peroxidase (WGA-HRP) into the trigeminal motor nucleus resulted in retrograde labeling of neurons, called commissural interneurons for masticatory motoneurons, in the contralateral supratrigeminal region. Further HRP studies, in which WGA-HRP injections were made into the amygdala and supratrigeminal region, indicated that the supratrigeminal region receives fibers from the central nucleus of the amygdala ipsilaterally. These findings raised the possibility of direct connections between the amygdala and commissural interneurons. In order to confirm the connections, electrolytic lesions in the central nucleus of the amygdala and WGA-HRP injections into the contralateral trigeminal motor nucleus were made on the same animal and electron microscopic observation was carried out on the supratrigeminal region. Of particular interest was that degenerating amygdalotegmental fibers synapsed upon HRP-labeled neurons.

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