On the generation of vertical and torsional rapid eye movements in the monkey

Exp Brain Res. 1989;77(1):1-11. doi: 10.1007/BF00250561.


The role of the rostral interstitial nucleus of the medial longitudinal fasciculus (riMLF) in generating the vertical and torsional components of rapid eye movements was examined. The on-directions of burst neurons in the riMLF of alert Rhesus monkeys were obtained during quick phase nystagmus in three dimensions. The distinguishing feature of these burst neurons was the torsional component of their on-directions; neurons on the right side exhibited a clockwise component, from the point of view of the subject, while those on the left had a counterclockwise component. Vertical components could have up or down directions. This organization was verified by means of unilateral reversible inactivation of the riMLF using Muscimol. An injection in the right riMLF impaired the generation of quick phases with clockwise components while one on the left impaired counterclockwise components.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials
  • Animals
  • Macaca / physiology*
  • Macaca mulatta / physiology*
  • Mesencephalon / physiology*
  • Nystagmus, Physiologic*
  • Rotation*
  • Sleep / physiology*