Adequate interpretation of the functional data characterising the projection neurones of the cochlear nucleus (CN) is impossible without the unequivocal classification of these cell types at the end of the experiments. In this study, morphological criteria applicable for unambiguous identification of CN neurones have been sought. The neurones were labelled with rhodamine from incisions severing the projection pathways of the individual cell types, allowing their selective labelling and morphological characterisation. Confocal microscopy was employed for the investigation of the rhodamine-filled cells whose morphology was assessed after reconstructing the three-dimensional images of the cell bodies and proximal processes. The diameters of the somata and the number of processes originating from the cell bodies were also determined. In most of the cases, unambiguous identification of the bushy, octopus and Purkinje-like cells was relatively straightforward. On the other hand, precise classification of the pyramidal cells was often difficult, especially because giant cells could easily possess morphological features resembling pyramidal neurones. Occasionally, giant cells also mimicked the appearance of octopus neurones, which may be another important source of identification error, especially as these two cell types are often situated close to each other in the CN. It is concluded that morphological criteria defined in the present work may be effectively applied for the unambiguous identification of the projection neurones of the CN, even following functional measurements, when the correct cell classification is essential for the interpretation of the experimental data. Moreover, the present study also confirmed that Purkinje-like cells project to the cerebellum.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Brain Research Bulletin|
|Publication status||Published - márc. 15 2007|
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