Classical conditioning of the nictitating membrane response of the rabbit. III. Connections of cerebellar lobule HVI

Exp Brain Res. 1985;60(1):114-26. doi: 10.1007/BF00237024.


We report the connections of cerebellar cortical lobule HVI in the rabbit. We have studied the anterograde and retrograde transport of wheatgerm-agglutinated horseradish peroxidase (WGA-HRP) following its injection into HVI to reveal efferent and afferent connections. All of the cases showed strong anterograde transport to the anterior interpositus nucleus (AIP) - indicating that this is the major efferent target of HVI. Retrogradely labelled cells were found in the inferior olivary, spinal trigeminal, lateral reticular, inferior vestibular and pontine nuclei. Within the olive, the medial part of the rostral dorsal accessory olive (DAO) and the adjacent medial part of the principal olive (PO) were consistently labelled in all cases. This area is known to receive somatosensory information from the face and neck. There was no projection to the hemispheral part of lobule VI from visual parts of the olive within the dorsal cap and medial parts of the medial accessory olive. Likely sources of visual and auditory information to HVI are the dorsolateral basilar pontine nuclei and nucleus reticularis tegmenti pontis, which were densely labelled in all cases. These anatomical findings are consistent with the suggestion that, during NMR conditioning, information related to the periorbital shock unconditional stimulus (US) may be provided by climbing fibres to HVI and light and white noise conditional stimulus (CS) information may be supplied by pontine mossy fibres.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cerebellar Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Cerebellar Cortex / physiology
  • Conditioning, Eyelid / physiology
  • Male
  • Neural Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Olivary Nucleus / anatomy & histology
  • Pons / anatomy & histology
  • Rabbits
  • Raphe Nuclei / anatomy & histology
  • Reticular Formation / anatomy & histology
  • Trigeminal Nucleus, Spinal / anatomy & histology
  • Vestibular Nuclei / anatomy & histology