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J Comp Neurol. 1983 Sep 20;219(3):339-55.

Distribution of dendrites of mitral, displaced mitral, tufted, and granule cells in the rabbit olfactory bulb.

Abstract

To determine the dendritic fields, mitral, displaced mitral, middle tufted, and granule cells in the rabbit olfactory bulb were stained by intracellular injection of HRP. The secondary dendrites of mitral cells were distributed mostly in the inner half of the external plexiform layer (EPL). Those of displaced mitral cells extended mainly into the middle and superficial sublayers in the EPL. The secondary dendrites of middle tufted cells were distributed mostly in the superficial portion of the EPL. Mitral cells extended their secondary dendrites in virtually all directions within a plane tangential to the mitral cell layer (MCL) and thus had a disklike projection field with a radius of about 850 microns. Displaced mitral cells had similar dendritic projection fields in the tangential plane but with somewhat distorted shapes. The secondary dendrites of middle tufted cells had a tendency to extend in particular directions. From the projection pattern of the gemmules on the peripheral processes, granule cells were classified into three types. Type I granule cells had gemmules both in the superficial and in the deep sublayers of the EPL. The peripheral processes of Type II granule cells were confined to the deep half of the EPL. The gemmules of Type III granule cells ere distributed in the superficial half of the EPL. The differing dendritic ramification among mitral, displaced mitral, and middle tufted cells suggests the separation of the dendrodendritic synaptic interactions with granule cells in different sublayers in the EPL. It also suggests a functional separation of the sublayers of the EPL.

PMID:
6619342
DOI:
10.1002/cne.902190308
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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