Comprehensive connectivity of the mouse main olfactory bulb: Analysis and online digital atlas

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Frontiers in Neuroanatomy (Impact Factor: 3.54). 08/2012; 6:30. DOI: 10.3389/fnana.2012.00030
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We introduce the first open resource for mouse olfactory connectivity data produced as part of the Mouse Connectome Project (MCP) at UCLA. The MCP aims to assemble a whole-brain connectivity atlas for the C57Bl/6J mouse using a double coinjection tracing method. Each coinjection consists of one anterograde and one retrograde tracer, which affords the advantage of simultaneously identifying efferent and afferent pathways and directly identifying reciprocal connectivity of injection sites. The systematic application of double coinjections potentially reveals interaction stations between injections and allows for the study of connectivity at the network level. To facilitate use of the data, raw images are made publicly accessible through our online interactive visualization tool, the iConnectome, where users can view and annotate the high-resolution, multi-fluorescent connectivity data ( Systematic double coinjections were made into different regions of the main olfactory bulb (MOB) and data from 18 MOB cases (~72 pathways; 36 efferent/36 afferent) currently are available to view in iConnectome within their corresponding atlas level and their own bright-field cytoarchitectural background. Additional MOB injections and injections of the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB), anterior olfactory nucleus (AON), and other olfactory cortical areas gradually will be made available. Analysis of connections from different regions of the MOB revealed a novel, topographically arranged MOB projection roadmap, demonstrated disparate MOB connectivity with anterior versus posterior piriform cortical area (PIR), and exposed some novel aspects of well-established cortical olfactory projections.

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    • "levels or plates where label was found. This modality becomes particularly useful in double-coinjection experiments in which four tracers, two anterograde and two retrograde, are injected in a pair of gray matter regions (Thompson and Swanson, 2010; Hintiryan et al., 2012). "
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    • "MT cells axons coalesce into the lateral olfactory tract and project to numerous areas termed as the olfactory cortex. Privileged targets of the MOB are the anterior olfactory nucleus and the anterior PCx (Haberly, 2001; Cleland and Linster, 2003; Hintiryan et al., 2012). MT cells also contact in a lesser extent, the posterior PCx, the lateral entorhinal cortex, the olfactory tubercle, the ventral tenia tecta and the anterior cortical complex of the amygdala. "
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