The islands of Calleja complex of rat basal forebrain II: connections of medium and large sized cells

Brain Res Bull. 1983 Jun;10(6):775-93. doi: 10.1016/0361-9230(83)90210-1.


The connections of the medium (10-20 microns) and large (20-35 microns) cells of the islands of Calleja Complex (ICC) were studied in the albino rat with anterograde and retrograde transport of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and fluorescent tracers. The medium and large size cells were found to project to the ipsilateral olfactory tubercle, ventral pallidum, septum, piriform cortex, periamygdaloid cortex, cortical nuclei of the amygdala, ventral endopiriform nucleus, lateral hypothalamic area, Forel's field H, ventral tegmental area, supramammillary complex, and nuclei gemini of the hypothalamus, midline, intralaminar and medial thalamic nuclei, and lateral habenula. Afferents of the ICC appear to include the same nuclei with the exception of the lateral habenula. In addition, the dorsal raphe projects to the ICC. These connections are consistent with the concept that the ICC is a striato-pallidal structure.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain Mapping
  • Female
  • Neurons / classification
  • Neurons / ultrastructure
  • Olfactory Bulb / cytology*
  • Olfactory Pathways / cytology
  • Rats