The Location of the Major Ascending and Descending Spinal Cord Tracts in all Spinal Cord Segments in the Mouse: Actual and Extrapolated


  • Charles Watson,

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    1. Shenton Park Health Research Campus, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
    2. Neuroscience Research Australia, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
    • Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia. Fax: +61 8 9266 1650
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  • Megan Harrison

    1. Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Information on the location of the major spinal cord tracts in the mouse is sparse. We have collected published data on the position of these tracts in the mouse and have used data from other mammals to identify the most likely position of tracts for which there is no mouse data. We have plotted the position of six descending tracts (corticospinal, rubrospinal, medial and lateral vestibulospinal, rostral and caudal reticulospinal) and eight ascending tracts (gracile; cuneate; postsynaptic dorsal columns; dorsolateral, lateral, and anterior spinothalamic; dorsal and ventral spinocerebellar) on diagrams of transverse sections of all mouse spinal cord segments from the first cervical to the third coccygeal segment. Anat Rec, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.