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Application of fractal analysis to neuronal dendritic arborisation patterns of the monkey dentate nucleus.

Department of Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
Neuroscience Letters (Impact Factor: 2.06). 10/2007; 425(1):23-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2007.08.009
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ABSTRACT The deep nuclei of the cerebellar cortex have not yet received adequate exploratory attention. An exception is represented by the pioneering work of Chan-Palay, published in 1977, on the dentate nucleus morphology. She has classified each individual cell in the dentatus of the monkey into one of six types. Although fractal analysis is presently the most prominent quantitative method for morphometric neuronal studies, no article referring to applications of this method to the analysis of cell types of the dentate nucleus has so far been published. In the present study we apply fractal analysis to this unsolved problem and calculate the fractal dimension for each dendritic arbour of a neuron. We will hereby prove that by application of fractal analysis to the dendritic arbours of these cells whilst ignoring other neuronal attributes allows for clear discrimination of only three cell types.

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