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The dual pattern of corticothalamic projection of the primary auditory cortex in macaque monkey

Rouiller, Eric M. ; Durif, Caroline

In: Neuroscience Letters, 2004, vol. 358 (1), p. 49-52

The distribution and terminal morphology of the corticothalamic projection originating from the primary auditory cortex (A1) were established in a macaque monkey, using the anterograde (and retrograde) tracer biotinylated dextran amine. A dense corticothalamic projection from A1 was found in the ventral (vMGB) and dorsal (dMGB) divisions of the medial geniculate body and, to a lesser extent, in... Plus

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    Summary
    The distribution and terminal morphology of the corticothalamic projection originating from the primary auditory cortex (A1) were established in a macaque monkey, using the anterograde (and retrograde) tracer biotinylated dextran amine. A dense corticothalamic projection from A1 was found in the ventral (vMGB) and dorsal (dMGB) divisions of the medial geniculate body and, to a lesser extent, in the medial division (mMGB), the posterior thalamic nucleus (PO) and the suprageniculate nucleus. Most terminal boutons were small (<1 μm), except some large boutons (2–6 μm) located in PO and vMGB. The data demonstrate that the corticothalamic projection from A1 in primate consists of two types of terminals (small and giant endings) in line with previous observations in rat and cat. Retrogradely labeled thalamocortical neurons formed clusters generally overlapping the corticothalamic terminal fields.