By Alf Brodal M.D., Prof. Koki Kawamura M.D. (auth.)

In contemporary years the inferior olive and its projection to the cerebellum have attracted enormous curiosity. quite a few experimental anatomic and electrophysiologic stories were undertaken, and masses new info has been introduced ahead. Many it appears discordant observations were said even though, and on many issues the information bought by means of various methbds and ways seem to be diffi­ cult to reconcile. a lot of the curiosity within the olivocerebellar projection issues the topographical localization in the projection. rather because of examine lately the trend of localization has became out to be way more complicated than formerly be­ lieved. It used to be discovered invaluable, as a result, to aim a assessment of the topic within the wish serious research of obtainable observations could give the opportunity to acquire an built-in photograph of the olivocerebellar projection and maybe fmd a few simple rules within the association of this fiber method. As may be visible, our try out has been in basic terms in part winning. There are nonetheless riddles that stay to be solved. within the current evaluation cognizance may be concerned about difficulties on the topic of the locali­ zation in the olivocerebellar projection, relatively its anatomic points. an in depth overview of the body structure of the inferior olive has been released lately through Armstrong (1974), who considers a few anatomicophysiologic correlations to boot. Physiologic fmdings can be noted the following usually when it comes to our major theme.

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It can be seen from Fig. l4B that Brodal and Walberg (1977a) found the entire medial part of the dorsal accessory olive, and not only its rostral part, to project to the intermediate region of the anterior lobe, as was concluded also by Brodal (1940b, see Fig. 1) and Armstrong et al. (1974, see Fig. l4A). The lateral part of the entire dorsal accessory olive was concluded to project to the vermis by Brodal (1940b), and by Brodal and Walberg (1977a) to a region that appears to correspond approximately to Voogd's zone B.

On account of its fairly straight, longitudinal orientation and its roughly transversely running folia, the paramedian lobule offers some technical advantages to many other cerebellar subdivisions for experimental studies. Following extirpation of the paramedian lobule or parts of it, cQnvincing retrograde cell loss was found only in the caudal half approximately of the contralateral ventral lamella of the principal olive (Brodal1940b, Fig. 1). , 1975). With injections that covered smaller regions, labeling was usually found in three of these four regions only.

All other zones (A, B, C1 and C3 ) receive input via the VF-SOCP and/or the DF-SOCP pathways. In HRP studies (Brodal and Walberg 1977a) the medial vermal zone was found to receive its afferents from a large central area in the caudal half of the contralateral medial accessory olive (Fig. 14B). Autoradiographic fmdings do not permit a precise identification of the site of origin of the projection to zone A but are in general agreement with the HRP findings. , Groenewegen and Voogd 1977, their cases H 9243, H 8832; Kawamura and Hashikawa 1979, their cases KH 59 Land KH 60 L).

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