PMID: 3768738Sep 1, 1986Paper

Efferent projections of the basolateral amygdala in the opossum, Didelphis virginiana

Brain Research Bulletin
A J McDonald, J L Culberson


The autoradiographic anterograde axonal transport technique was used to study efferent projections of the opossum basolateral amygdala. All nuclei of the basolateral amygdala send topographically organized fibers to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) via the stria terminalis (ST). Injections into rostrolateral portions of the basal nuclei label fibers that surround the commissural bundle of the ST, cross the midline by passing along the outer aspect of the anterior commissure, and terminate primarily in the contralateral BST, anterior subdivision of the basolateral nucleus (BLa), ventral putamen, and olfactory cortex. Each of the basal nuclei project ipsilaterally to the anterior amygdaloid area, substantia innominata and topographically to the ventral part of the striatum and adjacent olfactory tubercle. The posterior subdivision of the basolateral nucleus (BLp), but not the basomedial nucleus (BM), projects to the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus. BLa and BLp have projections to the nucleus of the lateral olfactory tract and also send fibers to the central nucleus, as does the lateral nucleus (L). The lateral nucleus also has a strong projection to BM and both nuclei project to the amygdalo-hippocampal area. BLa a...Continue Reading


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