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Brain Res Bull. 1983 Jan;10(1):111-20.

Neurons of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis: a golgi study in the rat.

Abstract

Neuronal morphology in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) was studied using Golgi techniques. The principal neurons of the lateral subdivision of BST have ovoid perikarya and 4-5 dendrites that branch several times and exhibit a dense covering of spines. Adjacent to the internal capsule is a small region, termed the "juxtacapsular subdivision" of BST, that consists of small, spiny cells. Neurons of the medial subdivision of BST have ovoid perikarya and 2-3 dendrites that branch sparingly. Dendritic spine density varies from sparse to moderate. Dendrites in the dorsocaudal portion of the medial subdivision extend into a cell-sparse zone adjacent to the lateral ventricle. Cells in the lateral portion of the preoptic continuation of BST have dendrites oriented perpendicular to fibers of the stria terminalis which traverse this area while medially located cells are oriented parallel to fibers of the stria. Axons of BST neurons emit collaterals that arborize modestly near the cell of origin. Neurons in the lateral and medial subdivisions of BST resemble, respectively, cells in the lateral and medial subdivisions of the central amygdaloid nucleus. Neurons in the juxtacapsular subdivision of BST are similar to neurons of the intercalated masses of the amygdala.

PMID:
6824959
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