Electron microscopical study of synaptic glomeruli in cerebellum transplanted to the anterior eye chamber.

J. Takács, T. Tran Minh Nhon, J. Hámori

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Fetal cerebellar anlage from rat fetuses of 15-16 operational days were grafted into the anterior chamber of the eye of adult female albino rat recipients. Survival time of the transplants--containing both cerebellar cortex and cerebellar nuclei--was 2 to 2 1/2 months. Electron microscopical (EM) studies of the thin, under-developed granular layer of the laminated cerebellar cortex revealed the presence of well differentiated cerebellar glomeruli, surrounded by granule cell perikarya. As in the normal cerebellar cortex, the central profile of the glomerular complex was the large mossy terminal, containing spheroid synaptic vesicles, and forming synaptic contacts with dendrites and dendritic digits of the granule cells. Golgi cell axonal varicosities, containing ovoid or pleomorphic synaptic vesicles were found also on the periphery of the glomeruli. In addition, in several synaptic glomeruli, a third neuronal element was also observed, containing flat, discoidal vesicles and receiving synaptic contacts from mossy and Golgi axons, but being also presynaptic to granule cell dendrites. It is suggested that all mossy terminals in the cerebellar transplant originate from the cerebellar nucleus. Morphological evidence is also provided that the presynaptic dendrite-like processes--never found in normal cerebellar cortex--are also processes of nuclear neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-276
Number of pages18
JournalActa biologica Hungarica
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Neurology

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