The fine structure of staggerer cerebellum

Asao Hirano, Herbert M. Dembitzer

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The cerebellar cortex of staggerer mice, ranging in age from 12 days to three months, was studied in the electron microscope. In general, the cerebellum showed a much delayed developmental pattern with regard to Purkinjc cell spine formation. Spines did not appear on the soma until about 6 days after birth and appeared on the dendritic branchlets at only 23 days. Climbing fibers were present and they were in synaptic contact with both somatic and dendritic spines. By the third month, spines were only rarely observed and some of these were unattached to any presynaptic element.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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