Vestibulospinal pathway in rabbit includes GABA-synthesizing neurons

W. W. Blessing, S. C. Hedger, W. H. Oertel

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    When Fast blue is injected into the rabbit spinal cord it is retrogradely transported into nerve cell bodies located in the medial and the descending vestibular nuclei. Approximately 50% of the Fast blue-positive cells also contain glutamic acid decarboxylase-like immunoreactivity. These neurons presumably synthesize γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the rabbit vestibulospinal pathway therefore contains a substantial inhibitory component.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)158-162
    Number of pages5
    JournalNeuroscience letters
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 1987


    • Bulbospinal projection
    • Glutamic acid decarboxylase
    • Rabbit
    • Retrograde fiber tracing
    • Vestibular nucleus
    • Vestibulospinal pathway
    • γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)

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