Implications of Genetic Variation in Mouse Brain Structure for Electrode Placement by Stereotaxic Surgery

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Douglas Wahlsten, Visiting Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The spatial locations of several forebrain and midbrain fibre tracts have been compared across seven commonly used inbred, hybrid and outbred mouse strains using a series of electrolytic lesions of known positions with respect to a stereotaxic instrument. Highly significant genetic variation was found in the positions of lambda, bregma and several major fibre tracts with respect to interaural zero; in the locations of fibre tracts with respect to bregma; and in the location of fibre tracts with respect to each other. It was demonstrated that stereotaxic coordinates of a structure for one strain could not be used for other strains. Errors resulting from improper alignment of the head in the instrument and histological artifact were also determined. These errors showed no significant group differences, but they revealed that within-group variation was substantially affected by such imperfections.

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Journal of Comparative Neurology, 1975, 162, 519-532.
Language: English
Date: 1975
Mice, Brain development, Brain structures, Genetic factors, Heredity

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