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ref: Carpenter-1981.11 tags: STN subthalamic nucleus anatomy tracing globus_pallidus PPN substantia_nigra DBS date: 02-22-2012 22:01 gmt revision:7 [6] [5] [4] [3] [2] [1] [head]

PMID-7284825[0] Connections of the subthalamic nucleus in the monkey.

  • STN projects to both segments of the globus pallidus in a laminar and organized fashion.
    • most fibers projected to the lateral pallidal segment (aka GPe).
  • also projected to specific thalamic nuclei (VAmc, VLm, DMpl).
  • the major projection of PPN is to SN.
  • striatum projects to the substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr). interesting.
  • see also: PMID-1707079[1]
    • "Anterograde transport in fibers and terminal fields surrounded retrogradely labeled cells in the LPS (GPe), suggesting a reciprocal relationship [to the STN]"
  • These data suggest that the STN receives its major subcortical input from cell of the LPS (GPe) arranged in arrays which have a rostrocaudal organization.
  • No cells of the MPS (GPi) or SN project to the STN.
  • The output of the STN is to both segments of the GP and SNpr.
  • Major subcortical projections to PPN arise from the MPS (GPi) and SNpr (output of the BG) , but afferents also arise from other sources.
    • The major projection of PPN is to SN.
    • HRP injected into PPN produced profuse retrograde transport in cells of the MPS and SNpr and distinct label in a few cells of the zona incerta and STN.


[0] Carpenter MB, Carleton SC, Keller JT, Conte P, Connections of the subthalamic nucleus in the monkey.Brain Res 224:1, 1-29 (1981 Nov 9)
[1] Carpenter MB, Jayaraman A, Subthalamic nucleus of the monkey: connections and immunocytochemical features of afferents.J Hirnforsch 31:5, 653-68 (1990)

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ref: Florio-2001.11 tags: STN PPN lesions preparatory rats DBS date: 01-26-2012 17:22 gmt revision:7 [6] [5] [4] [3] [2] [1] [head]

PMID-11704255[0] Unilateral lesions of the pedunculopontine nucleus do not alleviate subthalamic nucleus-mediated anticipatory responding in a delayed sensorimotor task in the rat.

  • the title says it all ;)
  • they describe hemiballismus as "stereotyped repetitive involuntary movements of the cotralateral limbs" (might have to see this to understand it)
  • what the rat had to do:
    1. press lever 1 upon trigger 1 stimuli
    2. wait 3-4 seconds for the trigger 2 stimuli
    3. then press lever 2, upon which a pellet of food was given to the rat.
  • lesions of the STN in the rat do not induce hyperkinetic movements in overt behaviors, but cause anticipatory motor responses in delayed-reaction tasks, like a nose-poke.
    • see figure 7 for the bar-graph of this.
    • rats tended to release the lever before the reward or CS for reward was triggered
    • still - this might be a cognitive problem, not a lack of anticipation.
  • the PPN has remarkable reciprocating connections with the STN, and other basal ganglia nuclei
    • PPN lesion increases reaction time during conditioned movements, making the animals bradykinetic or akinetic
      • "the animals bearing the combined lesion were severely impaired in conditioned responding to salient stimuli involved in the paradigm and showed side-specific lengthening of reaction and movement times without global motor impairments."
      • has anybody looked at activity in the PPN of parkinsonian monkeys? hum.
    • compare to [1] - PPN lesions can restore normal activity in SNr & STN. but, if you don't have the STN to restore, then PPN doesn't matter.


[0] Florio T, Capozzo A, Cellini R, Pizzuti G, Staderini EM, Scarnati E, Unilateral lesions of the pedunculopontine nucleus do not alleviate subthalamic nucleus-mediated anticipatory responding in a delayed sensorimotor task in the rat.Behav Brain Res 126:1-2, 93-103 (2001 Nov 29)
[1] Breit S, Lessmann L, Unterbrink D, Popa RC, Gasser T, Schulz JB, Lesion of the pedunculopontine nucleus reverses hyperactivity of the subthalamic nucleus and substantia nigra pars reticulata in a 6-hydroxydopamine rat model.Eur J Neurosci 24:8, 2275-82 (2006 Oct)

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ref: GarciaRill-1991.01 tags: PPN pedunculopontine nucleus brainstem sleep locomotion consciousness 1991 date: 0-0-2007 0:0 revision:0 [head]

PMID-1887068 The Pedunculopontine nucleus

  • extensive review!