Following WGA-HRP injection into the right suprageniculate nucleus of the cat brain, retrogradely-labeled neurons were found not only in the ipsilateral, but also in the contralateral superior colliculi. After WGA-HRP injection into the unilateral superior colliculus, anterogradely-labeled axon terminals were observed in the bilateral suprageniculate nuclei, and electron microscopic examination revealed that these were large terminals which made asymmetric synaptic contacts with dendrites. When a different kind of fluorescent tracer was injected into each suprageniculate nucleus (Fast blue and Nuclear yellow), double-labeled neurons were observed in the rostral and middle portions of both superior colliculi. These results suggest that there are direct bilateral projections from the superior colliculus to the suprageniculate nuclei, and that some of these projections originate from branching colliculo-suprageniculate axons.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology