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J Comp Neurol. 1993 Jul 1;333(1):1-27.

The central nucleus of the inferior colliculus in rat: a Golgi and computer reconstruction study of neuronal and laminar structure.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Oslo, Norway.


The cellular basis for the laminar structure of the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus has been investigated by computer-assisted 3-D reconstruction of Golgi impregnated dendritic arbors, sampled from serial sections of resin embedded material of adult rat. Two types of flattened neurone, defined here as flat (F) and less flat (LF), are described as contributing to the pattern. The dendritic arbors of F neurones had a smaller absolute thickness (mean about 50 microns) and a denser arbor. They were strikingly parallel regionally and formed laminae mostly one cell thick. The laminae appeared to be separated by interlaminar compartments populated by the LF neurones. The arbors of the latter were thicker (mean about 100 microns) and less dense than those of the F neurones. The different density of the two types may, at least in part, be responsible for the corresponding difference in density of oriented dendrites within the laminae and interlaminar compartments. The orientation planes of F and LF arbors were roughly similar, but a consistent, slight difference in orientation between F and LF arbors is not excluded. Most of the F and LF arbors were elongated in parallel with the ventrolaterally to dorsomedially oriented long axis of the laminae. A few were instead oriented rostrocaudally or in intermediate directions. The interlaminar compartments appeared less distinct in the low than in the high frequency region. The latter region also differed from the former by having F neurones with a higher number of intermediate and terminal segments and a denser arbor. It is discussed whether the observed F and LF cells constitute two distinct cell types or are varieties of one type of neurone, with the morphological differences reflecting differences in location. Further characterization of the neurones on histochemical, hodological, and other criteria is required to settle this question.

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