Brain stem afferents to the periabducens reticular formations (PARF) in the cat - An HRP study

G. B. Stanton, R. W. Greene

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Six injections of HRP were placed in the periabducens reticular formation (PARF). Two were placed ventromedial to the caudal half of the abducend nucleus (VIn), two were placed further laterally and ventral to the rostral half of the nucleus, and two were placed rostral to the nucleus. Most injections in PARF produced cell labeling in the vestibular and perihypoglossal nuclei bilaterally and labeled cells in the reticularis gigantocellularis (Rgc) and reticularis pontis caudalis (Rpc) nuclei contralateral to the injection site. Few labeled neurons were found in the caudal part of the paramedian pontine reticular formation (PPRF). In the mesencephalon, bilateral but more numerous ipsilateral labeled cells were found in the medial mesodiencephalic region including the nuclei of Cajal, Darkschewitsch and the posterior commissure. Injections placed caudomedial to VIn resulted in a characteristic concentration of labeled cells in the ipsilateral nucleus cuneiformis and rostral half of the contralateral superior colliculus (SC). Injections placed rostral to VIn in PARF produced cell labeling in the nucleus campi Foreli. The results are related to physiological evidence which suggests that PARF is an important premotor center for coordination of oculomotor, head and body movements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-426
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1981


  • Abducens nucleus
  • Reticular formation
  • Superior colliculus
  • Vestibular nuclei

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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