Topographical organization of projections from the entorhinal cortex to the striatum of the rat

Neuroscience. 1997 Jun;78(3):715-29. doi: 10.1016/s0306-4522(96)00592-1.


The efferent projections of the entorhinal cortex to the striatum were studied with retrograde (horseradish peroxidase wheat germ agglutinin) and anterograde (biocytin and biotinylated dextran amine) tracing methods. The bulk of the entorhinal cortical fibres were found to project to the nucleus accumbens in the ventral striatum, but the caudate putamen is only sparsely and diffusely innervated, rostrally, along its dorsal and medial borders. Fibres arising from neurons in the lateral entorhinal cortex project throughout the rostrocaudal extent of the nucleus accumbens but are most abundant in the core and lateral shell of that nucleus. The rostral neurons of the medial entorhinal cortex were found to project sparsely to the striatum, whereas caudal neurons provide a dense input to the rostral one-third of the nucleus accumbens, especially to the rostral pole, where they concentrate more in the core than in the shell. Contralateral entorhinal projections, which are very sparse, were found in the same parts of the nucleus accumbens and the caudate-putamen as the ipsilateral terminal fields. The present observations that entorhinal inputs to the nucleus accumbens are regionally aligned suggest that disruption of these connections could produce site-specific deficits with, presumably, specific behavioural consequences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biotin
  • Efferent Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Efferent Pathways / physiology
  • Efferent Pathways / ultrastructure
  • Entorhinal Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Entorhinal Cortex / physiology
  • Entorhinal Cortex / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Lysine / analogs & derivatives
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Neostriatum / anatomy & histology*
  • Neostriatum / physiology
  • Neostriatum / ultrastructure
  • Nucleus Accumbens / anatomy & histology
  • Nucleus Accumbens / physiology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Wheat Germ Agglutinin-Horseradish Peroxidase Conjugate


  • Wheat Germ Agglutinin-Horseradish Peroxidase Conjugate
  • Biotin
  • biocytin
  • Lysine