Tonotopic projection from the dorsal to the anteroventral cochlear nucleus of mice

Robert E. Wickesberg, Donata Oertel

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To understand how auditory information is processed in the cochlear nuclei, it is crucial to know what circuitry exists and how it functions. In slice preparations, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) injections into the anteroventral cochlear nucleus (AVCN) reveal two circuits: a connection between the dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) and AVCN and a local circuit confined to the AVCN. Extracellular injection in the AVCN labels a band of cells in the DCN. The labeled cells in the DCN lie within a band of auditory nerve fiber terminals that are labeled by the same injection, showing that the connection from the DCN to the AVCN is frequency specific. The injections into the AVCN also labeled a cluster of neurons in the AVCN dorsal to the injection site. These cells may be interneurons that relay information from areas encoding higher frequencies to areas encoding lower frequencies within the AVCN. In the parasagittal plane, the AVCN is organized along two orthogonal axes that are indicated with HRP labeling of fibers and cell bodies. The tonotopic axis runs approximately dorsoventrally; the isofrequency axis runs approximately rostrocaudally. The axons of labeled DCN neurons and the cluster lie along the tonotopic axis, whereas the labeled auditory nerve fibers define the isofrequency axis. Where they cross is where HRP is taken up by the fibers. The area of uptake is small and lies in the middle of the darkly stained injection site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-399
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Comparative Neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 15 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • auditory pathways
  • brain slice
  • horseradish peroxidase
  • isofrequency circuit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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