Effect of electrical stimulation of the reticular nucleus of the rat thalamus upon c-fos immunoreactivity in the retrosplenial cortex

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Electrical stimulation of the reticular nucleus of the rat thalamus results in activation of c-fos immunoreactivity in nerve cells of the ipsilateral retrosplenial cortex. The c-fos immunoreactive neurons are mainly concentrated in lamina IV of the retrosplenial cortex. Conversely, electrical stimulation of the retrosplenial cortex induced c-fos immunoreactivity in the ipsilateral reticular nucleus of the thalamus. The results of the electrical stimulation suggest a direct synaptic connection between the cerebral cortex and the ipsilateral reticular thalamic nucleus. Simultaneous immunohistochemical staining proves that the majority of nerve cells and dendro-dendritic terminals in the reticular thalamic nucleus contain parvalbumine and, at the same time, also GABA. The role of GABA-ergic parvalbumine immunoreactive terminals in the reticular thalamic nucleus seems to be related to integration and processing of impulses and attentional gating, distinguishing between noxious and innocuous inputs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-249
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Anatomy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005



  • Attentional gating
  • C-fos
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Reticular nucleus
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology

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