Author(s): Itaya SK, Van Hoesen GW, Jenq CB
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Abstract Retinal projections in rats were studied using anterograde horseradish peroxidase (HRP) tracing and electron microscopic (EM) degeneration. HRP-labeled axons were observed to leave the optic tract in the vicinity of the lateral geniculate nucleus and enter the stria terminalis where they coursed anteriorly to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), and the anterodorsal (TAD) and anteroventral (TAV) thalamic nuclei. After enucleation, selected areas studied with EM confirmed that retinal presynaptic terminals are located in the BNST and TAV. These results support the finding of Conrad and Stumpf that the retina has a direct link to the limbic system.
This article was published in Brain Res
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research