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J Comp Neurol. 1985 Nov 15;241(3):348-56.

Cerebral cortical projections to the reticular regions around the trigeminal motor nucleus in the cat.

Abstract

Cerebral cortical regions which send projection fibers to the reticular regions around the trigeminal motor nucleus were identified in the cat by the horseradish peroxidase (HRP) method. The reticular region around the trigeminal motor nucleus are known to contain many interneurons for masticatory motoneurons. After injections of HRP into the reticular regions around the trigeminal motor nucleus, HRP-labeled neuronal cell bodies in the cerebral cortex were found in layer V. They were distributed bilaterally in the orbitofrontal cortical regions, mainly in the rostral extension of the orbital gyrus close to the presylvian sulcus; more were located in the floor and lateral bank of the presylvian sulcus than in the crown of the orbital gyrus. After injections of HRP conjugated with wheat germ agglutinin (WGA-HRP) into these cortical regions, many labeled presumed axon terminals were distributed bilaterally in the reticular regions around the trigeminal motor nucleus; mainly in the region ventral to the trigeminal motor nucleus and in the intertrigeminal region between the main sensory trigeminal nucleus and the trigeminal motor nucleus. Terminal labeling in these regions was more prominent after WGA-HRP injection into the lateral bank of the presylvian sulcus than after WGA-HRP injection into the crown of the orbital gyrus. Thus, the present results indicate that the main part of the cortical region projecting directly to the reticular regions around the trigeminal motor nucleus in the cat is folded into the presylvian sulcus.

PMID:
4086660
DOI:
10.1002/cne.902410308
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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