Numbers of myelinated and unmyelinated axons in the dorsal, lateral, and ventral funiculi of the white matter of the S2 segment of cat spinal cord

Kyungsoon Chung, Jivesh Sharma, Richard E. Coggeshall

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Abstract

The present work determines the numbers of myelinated and unmyelinated axons in the dorsal, lateral, and ventral funiculi of the S2 segment of the cat spinal cord. The major finding is that unmyelinated axons are almost as numerous as myelinated axons in these pathways. The myelinated axons tend to be distributed uniformly, although there is a slight concentration of these fibers in the dorsal part of the lateral funiculus. By contrast, the unmyelinated fibers, although found in significant numbers in all parts of these funiculi, concentrate in the dorsal part of the lateral funiculus and in the dorsal funiculus. Of particular note are the unmyelinated fibers in the dorsal funiculus, because it is highly likely that some of these are sensory. The findings in this study will serve as a basis for experimental studies to determine the numbers, locations, and types of unmyelinated fibers in the white matter of the mammalian cord.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Comparative Neurology
Volume234
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1985

Keywords

  • axon numbers
  • spinal cord
  • unmyelinated axons
  • white matter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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