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Cerebellar mossy fiber

Name: Cerebellar mossy fiber
Description: Axon arising from cerebellar projecting cells in the cochlea, vestibular nuclei, spinal cord, reticular formation, cerebellar nuclei and basilar pontine nuclei. Mossy fibers enter through all three cerebellar peduncles and send collaterals to the deep cerebellar nuclei, then branch in the white matter and terminate in the granule cell layer. Through this branching, a given mossy fiber can innervate several folia. Mossy fibers synapse on granule cells. The synaptic contacts are made at enlargements along the length of the mossy fiber called mossy fiber rosettes. The enlargements of the rosettes give the axons as "mossy" appearance in Golgi stained preparations. (adapted from Shepherd, G. M. The synaptic organization of the brain, 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Synonym(s): mossy fiber
Super-category: Afferent
Id: nlx_260
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Intrinsic Properties

Molecular constituents: Glutamate, Aspartate, Acetylcholine

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CurationStatusuncurated  +
DefinitionAxon arising from cerebellar projecting ce Axon arising from cerebellar projecting cells in the cochlea, vestibular nuclei, spinal cord, reticular formation, cerebellar nuclei and basilar pontine nuclei. Mossy fibers enter through all three cerebellar peduncles and send collaterals to the deep cerebellar nuclei, then branch in the white matter and terminate in the granule cell layer. Through this branching, a given mossy fiber can innervate several folia. Mossy fibers synapse on granule cells. The synaptic contacts are made at enlargements along the length of the mossy fiber called mossy fiber rosettes. The enlargements of the rosettes give the axons as "mossy" appearance in Golgi stained preparations. (adapted from Shepherd, G. M. The synaptic organization of the brain, 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004). New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Idnlx_260  +
LabelCerebellar mossy fiber  +
ModifiedDate5 February 2011  +
MolecularConstituentsGlutamate  +, Aspartate  +, and Acetylcholine  +
SuperCategoryAfferent  +
Synonymmossy fiber  +