Distribution of cortical neurons projecting to dorsal column nuclear complex and spinal cord in the hedgehog tenrec, Echinops telfairi

Somatosens Mot Res. 1992;9(3):185-97. doi: 10.3109/08990229209144770.


Using retrograde axonal flow and wheatgerm agglutinin conjugated to horseradish peroxidase, we studied the distribution of cortical neurons giving rise to spinal and dorsal column nuclear projections, and correlated the regions involved in the projections with the cytoarchitectonic areas recently identified in the lesser hedgehog tenrec, Echinops telfairi (Insectivora). Labeled cortical neurons were most numerous following injections of tracer into higher cervical segments, whereas almost none were found following thoracic injections. The cortical labeling appeared more prominent ipsilaterally than contralaterally after spinal injections, although it was more prominent on the contralateral side after injection into the dorsal column nuclear complex. The majority of labeled neurons found in lamina V occupied the neocortex adjacent to the interhemispheric fissure along the rostrocaudal extent of the small corpus callosum. This location corresponded to an intermediate rostrocaudal portion of the hemisphere, and particularly to area 2 of Rehkämper. In some cases, adjacent portions of areas 1 and 3 were also involved, as well as neocortical regions of the lateral hemisphere. The present data did not suggest a somatotopic organization of the projections; likewise, evidence for the presence of more than one somatosensorimotor representation was sparse.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Cerebral Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Dendrites / ultrastructure
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Ganglia, Spinal / anatomy & histology*
  • Gyrus Cinguli / anatomy & histology
  • Hedgehogs / anatomy & histology*
  • Motor Cortex / anatomy & histology
  • Neural Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Neurons / ultrastructure
  • Retrograde Degeneration / physiology
  • Somatosensory Cortex / anatomy & histology
  • Species Specificity
  • Spinal Cord / anatomy & histology*