Projection neurons of the nucleus accumbens: an intracellular labeling study

Brain Res. 1985 Nov 11;347(1):112-6. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(85)90894-7.


Projection neurons of nucleus accumbens (NAC) of the rat were identified by either antidromic activation from stimulation of midbrain ventral tegmental area-substantia nigra (VTA-SN) regions, or by tracing axons of intracellularly labeled NAC neurons into the ventral pallidum. The morphology of these NAC projection neurons were determined to be medium spiny neurons similar to those identified in the caudate-putamen.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Globus Pallidus / cytology
  • Male
  • Neural Pathways / cytology
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Nucleus Accumbens / cytology*
  • Nucleus Accumbens / physiology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Septal Nuclei / cytology*
  • Substantia Nigra / cytology
  • Synaptic Transmission
  • Tegmentum Mesencephali / cytology