Topographical Organization of the Thalamostriatal Projection in the Japanese Monkey, Macaca Fuscata, with Special Reference to the Centromedian-Parafascicular and Motor Thalamic Nuclei

  • Katsuma Nakano
  • Yasuo Hasegawa
  • Tetsuro Kayahara
  • Yoshihiro Kuga
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 39)


Thalamostriatal projection was studied in monkeys (Macaca fuscata) using the axonal transport techniques of WGA-HRP and autoradiography to clarify the topographical organization. Major findings were as follows: The dorsomedial part of the centromedian nucleus (CM) projects to the dorsolateral strip in the leg territory of the putamen (Put); the ventromedial CM projects to the ventromedial strip in the face area; and the lateral CM projects to the intermediate strip in the arm region of the Put. The lateral part of the parafascicular nucleus (Pf) and nucleus ventralis anterior pars parvicellularis project to the lateral part of the head of the caudate nucleus (CN) and to the dorsolateral part of the rostral Put. Whereas the medial Pf and nucleus ventralis anterior pars magnocellularis project to the medial and ventral parts of the CN and to the ventromedial part of the rostral Put. The nucleus ventralis lateralis pars oralis projects to the Put. The medial part of the nucleus subthalamicus (STN) projects to the head of CN and rostral Put, while the lateral STN projects to the remaining whole part of the Put.


Caudate Nucleus Dorsal Raphe Nucleus Label Terminal Intralaminar Nucleus Dorsolateral Part 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katsuma Nakano
    • 1
  • Yasuo Hasegawa
    • 2
  • Tetsuro Kayahara
    • 1
  • Yoshihiro Kuga
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, School of MedicineMie UniversityTsu, Mie 514Japan
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, School of MedicineKagoshima UniversityKagoshima 890Japan

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