Responses of hypothalamic neurons to stimulation of the vestibular nerve and lateral vestibular nucleus in the rabbit

Neurosci Behav Physiol. Jan-Feb 1999;29(1):61-6. doi: 10.1007/BF02461359.


Acute experiments were performed on rabbits to study the responses of neurons in the anterior, ventromedial, and posterior nuclei of the hypothalamus to single, paired, and rhythmic stimulation of the vestibular nerve and lateral vestibular nucleus of Deiters. The data obtained showed that neurons of the posterior nucleus of the hypothalamus were the most sensitive. Three types of response were seen from hypothalamic neurons, with short, long, and intermediate latent periods. This provides evidence that ascending afferent spike activity from the lateral vestibular nucleus of Deiters to the hypothalamus is mediated by mono-, oligo-, and polysynaptic pathways.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Hypothalamus / cytology
  • Hypothalamus / physiology*
  • Hypothalamus, Anterior / physiology
  • Hypothalamus, Posterior / physiology
  • Microelectrodes
  • Neural Pathways / cytology
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Rabbits
  • Ventromedial Hypothalamic Nucleus / physiology
  • Vestibular Nerve / physiology*
  • Vestibular Nuclei / physiology*