Nov 1, 1993

Chandelier cells in the hippocampal formation of the rat: the entorhinal area and subicular complex

The Journal of Comparative Neurology
E SorianoM Frotscher


In the present study we describe the characteristics of the chandelier cells in the rat entorhinal cortex and subicular complex by using the Golgi method and combined Golgi-electron microscopic techniques. In the entorhinal cortex, chandelier cells were frequently stained in layers II/III. Two types of axonal complexes were noted. One had a preferential horizontal orientation and gave rise to terminals located in the upper portion of layers II/III. The second type of chandelier cell axon was observed in the medial entorhinal area, innervating the entire extent of layers II/III. In the subicular complex, chandelier cells were frequently stained in the parasubiculum, whereas only a few cells were found in the presubiculum. In both subfields, chandelier cell axons were restricted to layers II/III. In the subiculum, most chandelier cells were present in the stratum radiatum, giving rise to a descending axon that branched in the stratum pyramidale. Both the size and morphological features of the chandelier cell terminal portions were found to be region-specific. Electron microscopically, the cell body and dendrites of gold-toned chandelier cells displayed typical features of nonpyramidal cells, such as the presence of nuclear infold...Continue Reading

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Presynaptic Terminals
Golgi Apparatus
Golgi Method
Complex (molecular entity)
Stratum Radiatum
Entire Entorhinal Cortex
Structure of Hippocampal Formation
Subicular Complex

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