Connections of the rabbit abducens nucleus

Craig Weiss*, John F. Disterhoft

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Wheat germ agglutinated horseradish peroxidase was injected into the rabbit abducens nucleus under physiological control. Major projections from the reticular formation and the ipsilateral oculomotor, bilateral vestibular and bilateral perihypoglossal nuclei were demonstrated. A reciprocal connection with the ipsilateral perihhypoglossal nuclei was also shown. We suggest that the perihypoglossal nuclei and the reticular formation are important premotor centers involved with plasticity of eye movements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-178
Number of pages7
JournalBrain research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 4 1985


  • eye retraction
  • horseradish peroxidase
  • nictitating membrane
  • nucleus prepositus hypoglossi
  • perihypoglossal nuclei
  • wheat germ agglutinin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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