The vestibular nuclear input into the flocculus and the uvula and nodulus of the caudal vermis was studied in rabbits by means of retrograde transport of the fluorescent tracers Fast Blue and Diamidino Yellow. Through simultaneous injection of the tracers in the homonymous lobules at either side of the midline, the distribution, the preference in laterality and the degree of collateralization of vestibulocerebellar neurons could be studied. The nucleus prepositus hypoglossi was included in the analysis. In the nucleus prepositus hypoglossi and in the medial vestibular nucleus 6% of the number of labeled neurons contained both tracers, against 4% in the descending vestibular nucleus. In the superior vestibular nucleus a statistically significant difference in the proportion of double-labeled neurons was found between cases with injections in the flocculus (1%) and the caudal vermis (9%). The relative distribution of single-labeled neurons projecting to either the flocculus or the caudal vermis was similar in most of the vestibular nuclei. A statistically significant preference for a projection to the flocculus in favor of one to the caudal vermis, was found for neurons in the medial vestibular nucleus and the prepositus hypoglossal nucleus. Statistically significant laterality preferences were found in the superior vestibular nucleus for the contralateral flocculus.,
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Tan, H.S, & Gerrits, N.M. (1992). Laterality in the vestibulo-cerebellar mossy fiber projection to flocculus and caudal vermis in the rabbit: A retrograde fluorescent double-labeling study. Neuroscience, 47(4), 909–919. doi:10.1016/0306-4522(92)90039-5