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J Comp Neurol. 1993 Jun 8;332(2):175-97.

Striatal connections of the parietal association cortices in rhesus monkeys.

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Department of Psychology, Colby College, Waterville, Maine 04901.

Abstract

The corticostriatal connections of the parietal association cortices were examined by the autoradiographic technique in rhesus monkeys. The results show that the rostral portion of the superior parietal lobule projects predominantly to the dorsal portion of the putamen, whereas the caudal portion of the superior parietal lobule and the cortex of the upper bank of the intraparietal sulcus have connections with the caudate nucleus as well as with the dorsal portion of the putamen. The medial parietal convexity cortex projects strongly to the caudate nucleus, and has less extensive projections to the putamen. In contrast, the medial parietal cortex within the caudal portion of the cingulate sulcus projects predominantly to the dorsal portion of the putamen, and has only minor connections with the caudate nucleus. The rostral portion of the inferior parietal lobule projects mainly to the ventral sector of the putamen, and has only minor connections with the caudate nucleus. The middle portion of the inferior parietal lobule has sizable projections to both the putamen and the caudate nucleus. The caudal portion of the inferior parietal lobule as well as the lower bank of the intraparietal sulcus project predominantly to the caudate nucleus, and have relatively minor connections with the putamen. The cortex of the parietal opercular region also shows a specific pattern of corticostriatal projections. Whereas the rostral portion projects exclusively to the ventral sector of the putamen, the caudal portion has connections to the caudate nucleus as well. Thus, it seems that parietostriatal projections show a differential topographic distribution; within both the superior and the inferior parietal region, as one progresses from rostral to caudal, there is a corresponding shift in the predominance of projections from the putamen to the caudate nucleus. In addition, with regard to the projections to the putamen, the superior parietal lobule is related mainly to the dorsal portion, and the inferior parietal lobule to the ventral portion. The striatal projections of the cortex of the caudal portion of the cingulate gyrus (corresponding in part to the supplementary sensory area) and of the rostral parietal opercular region (corresponding in part to the second somatosensory area) are directed almost exclusively to the dorsal and ventral sectors of the putamen, respectively. This pattern resembles that of the primary somatosensory cortex. The results are discussed with regard to the overall architectonic organization of the posterior parietal region. Possible functional aspects of parietostriatal connectivity are considered in the light of physiological and behavioral studies.

PMID:
8331211
DOI:
10.1002/cne.903320204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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