Kobe Journal of Medical Sciences, 1995
TI: Projections from the lateral mammillary nucleus to the anterodorsal thalamic nucleus in the rat.
AU: Guison-NG; Ahmed-AK; Dong-K; Yamadori-T
AD: Department of Anatomy, University of the Philippines Manila.
SO: Kobe-J-Med-Sci. 1995 Dec; 41(6): 213-20
AB: There has been an abundance of research on the connections of the mammillary bodies but the projections from the lateral mammillary nucleus to the anterodorsal thalamic nucleus has remained a gray area due to a dearth of material which directly addresses the details of this pathway. This study seeks to further define the nature of this particular nerve connection within the mammillothalmic tract. The technique employed is fluorescent nerve tract tracing using two fluorescent tracers implanted separately into each anterodorsal thalamic nucleus then followed retrogradely to the soma of the neurons in the lateral mammillary nucleus. Fluorescent photomicrography allowed us to document the single and double labeled cells of the lateral mammillary nucleus. The single labeled cells can be categorized into ipsilaterally projecting neurons and contralaterally projecting neurons. About half of all labeled cells were bilaterally projecting double-labeled, a third was ipsilaterally projecting single-labeled and the remainder were contralaterally projecting single labeled-cells. There were no labeled cells traced to the medial mamillary nucleus. The mammillary bodies play an important role in the limbic circuitry and a part of the so-called "Papez Circuit". The pathway by which the mammillary body projects to the other structures of the limbic system and the way it connects the limbic system to other parts of the brain like the tegmentum is not fully understood. This clarification of the connection between the lateral mammilary nucleus and the anterodorsal thalamic nucleus is but one of the contemplated pathways.