Callosal projection neurons in area 17 of the fetal rhesus monkey

Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 1989 Apr 1;46(2):303-8. doi: 10.1016/0165-3806(89)90294-0.


We have studied the distribution of callosal projection neurons in area 17 of a fetal rhesus monkey which received large injections of horseradish peroxidase into the contralateral occipital cortex. In comparison to other cortical areas, area 17 contains few callosal projection neurons. Most of these cells are confined to a region extending tangentially about 2.5 mm from the 17/18 border, although a few neurons were noted as much as 5 mm from the border. Comparing the distribution of callosal projection neurons in the fetal monkey with what has been described in newborn and adult macaques, it is apparent that although some degree of refinement in striate callosal connections may occur during in utero development, the prenatal development of callosal connections in the macaque is inherently adult-like.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Corpus Callosum / cytology
  • Corpus Callosum / embryology*
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development*
  • Gestational Age
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Neural Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Visual Cortex / cytology
  • Visual Cortex / embryology*