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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Examination of the Descending Projections of the Vestibular Nuclei Using Anterograde Transport of Phaseolus vulgaris Leukoagglutinin

Examination of the Descending Projections of the Vestibular Nuclei Using Anterograde Transport of Phaseolus vulgaris Leukoagglutinin

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(p.251) Chapter 39 Examination of the Descending Projections of the Vestibular Nuclei Using Anterograde Transport of Phaseolus vulgaris Leukoagglutinin
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Anne Y. H. Donevan

Monica Neuber-Hess

P. Kenneth Rose

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0039

The vestibular system is known to play a significant role in the control of head movement. Electrophysiologic studies have proven that neck motoneurons receive monosynaptic connection from the vestibular nuclei via two descending pathways: the lateral vestibulospinal tract (LVST) and the medial vestibulo spinal tract (MVST) are differentiated by their course through the brain stem and spinal cord. The LVST follows a lateral route in the brain stem and travels in the ventrolateral funiculus of the spinal cord, whereas the MVST courses in the medial longitudinal fasciculus in the brain stem and travels in the ventromedial function of the spinal cord. The purpose of this chapter is to identify the inconsistencies in current accounts of vestibulospinal projection and to describe the results of recent studies in which Phaseolus vulgaris leukoagglutinin was used to examine vestibulospinal projections in the cat.

Keywords:   vestibular system, vestibulo spinal tract, lateral vestibulospinal tract, spinal cord, Phaseolus vulgaris leukoagglutinin

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