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Spinal Cord Atlas

Spinal Cord AtlasMany hundreds of thousands suffer spinal cord injuries leading to loss of sensation and motor function in the body below the point of injury. Spinal cord research has made some significant strides towards new treatment methods, and is a focus of many laboratories worldwide. In addition, research on the involvement of the spinal cord in pain and the abilities of nervous tissue in the spine to regenerate has increasingly been on the forefront of biomedical research in the past years.

The Spinal Cord
The Spinal Cord, funded in part by an Individual Research Grant from the Reeve Foundation, is the first comprehensive book on the anatomy of the mammalian spinal cord. Tens of thousands of articles and dozens of books are published on this subject each year, and a great deal of experimental work has been carried out on the rat spinal cord. Despite this, there is no comprehensive and authoritative atlas of the mammalian spinal cord. Almost all of the fine details of spinal cord anatomy must be searched for in journal articles on particular subjects. This book addresses this need by providing both a comprehensive reference on the mammalian spinal cord and a comparative atlas of both rat and mouse spinal cords in one convenient source.

The images presented here are only part of what appears in The Spinal Cord, A Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Text and Atlas, published by Elsevier. Complete methods, in addition to a full accompanying text can be found in the book.
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Image features

  • Photographs of Nissl stained transverse sections from each of the spinal cord segments
  • Detailed diagrams of each of the spinal cord segments pictured, delineating the laminae of Rexed and all other significant neuronal groupings at each level
  • Photographs of additional sections displaying markers such as acetylcholinersterase (AChE), calbindin, claretinin, chonline acetyltransferase, neurofilament protein (SMI 32), enkephalin, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), and neuronal nuclear protein (NeuN)
  • All the major motoneuron clusters are identified in relation to the individual muscles or muscle groups they supply

Mouse spinal cord sections

Click here to see the rat spinal cord sections.

Mouse cervical sections        (Back to top)



Mouse thoracic sections       (Back to top)

 Mouse lumbar and below sections       (Back to top)

Mouse nomenclature and list of structures
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