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Evidence for a nigro-pulvinar-lateralis posterior complex projection in the cat using horseradish peroxidase neuronal retrograde technique.

H. Saavedra, E. Motles, C. Infante, J. Leiva


The possible existence of a direct projection from the substantia nigra to the pulvinar-lateral posterior complex (Pul-LP) was investigated in the cat by using the horseradish peroxidase technique. In particular horseradish peroxidase was injected in the Pul-LP of 8 animals, either unilaterally or bilaterally. Tissue sections obtained from the cat's brain 24-48 hrs. after injection were prepared according to Mesulam's method as slightly modified by the authors. Retrogradelly labelled neurons were observed in substantia nigra pars lateralis and reliculata ipsilaterally to the injected pulvinar-lateral posterior complex. A small number of labelled cells were also found in the contralateral substantia nigra. These findings demonstrate the existence of a close connection between two system which are involved in turning behavior: the nigrostriatal and the pulvinar-lateral posterior complex-superior colliculus.

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