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J Comp Neurol. 1984 Nov 20;230(1):133-41.

The cytoarchitectonic organization of the spinal cord in the rat. I. The lower thoracic and lumbosacral cord.


A laminar cytoarchitectonic scheme of the lower thoracic and lumbosacral segments of the rat spinal cord is presented in which Rexed's principles for the cat are applied. The material consists of 80-micron-thick sections stained with toluidine blue or according to van Gieson and 2-micron-thick sections stained with p-phenylenediamine or toluidine blue. The cytoarchitectonic organization of the rat spinal cord was found to be basically similar to that of the cat, although certain differences exist--for example, in the extension of the laminae. In addition to the laminar scheme, the distribution of certain cell groups, Lissauer's tract, and the pyramidal tract were investigated.

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