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Plate 6.99 Cerebellum: Purkinje cell

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Purkinje cell

Plate 6.99 Cerebellum: Purkinje cell

Cat, Golgi preparation, 123 x.


Purkinje cell: Single row of large cell bodies in the Purkinje cell layer of the cerebellum. Only one complete cell is seen in this figure.

Perikaryon: Flask-shaped Purkinje cell body impregnated with silver. Details of inner structure are not revealed by this method.

Dendrite: Directed toward surface of cerebellum. Each Purkinje cell possesses several main dendrites that enter the molecular layer.

Purkinje cell dendritic branches: Purkinje cell dendrites arborize richly in the molecular layer. The arborization is fan-shaped and extends at right angles to the cerebellar folia.

Stellate cell: Located in molecular layer. Small cell body with short, thin dendrites ramifying near the cell body, and fine unmyelinated axon extending transversely to the folia, which establishes synaptic contact with Purkinje cell dendrites.

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