Adrenergic afferents to the thalamus are almost entirely concentrated in the paraventricular thalamic nucleus (PV). The origins of this projection from medullary C1-3 neurones were quantified, using a combination of retrograde fluorescent markers and immunocytochemical localisation for phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT) in the rat. C1 neurones contributed 51%, C2 29% and C3 20% of the total adrenergic input. Many apparently non-adrenergic retrogradely labelled neurones were also found amongst the C1-3 neurones. The C3 region contained the largest adrenergic population (67%) of retrogradely labelled neurones. The neuronal networks associated with PV suggest a role for these adrenergic projections in regulating specific autonomic, locomotor and behavioural events.
- Medulla oblongata
- Phenethanolamine N-methyltransferase
- Thalamic nucleus
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