Mapping the trajectory of the stria terminalis of the human limbic system using high spatial resolution diffusion tensor tractography

Arash Kamali, David M. Yousem, Doris D. Lin, Haris I. Sair, Siva P. Jasti, Zafer Keser, Roy F. Riascos, Khader M. Hasan

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Abstract

The human limbic system is composed of gray and white matter structures which have been known to have a role in core processes such as motivation, memory, emotion, social behavior, self-awareness as well as certain primitive instincts. Multiple functional studies investigated some of these brain tasks in human brain limbic system. However, the underlying fine fiber pathways of the limbic system including the trajectory of the stria terminalis have not been delineated separately by prior diffusion weighted imaging. The ability to trace the underlying fiber anatomy noninvasively using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) would be helpful to study the neurophysiology of these tracts in different functions in future functional studies. Few studies have focused on the stria terminalis using diffusion tensor tractography. Yet, the trajectory of the stria terminalis and some fine subtrajectories of the fornix have not been elucidated by prior DTT studies. We decided to further investigate these fine neuronal trajectory using tractography and high spatial resolution diffusion tensor imaging on 3T. Fifteen healthy right-handed men (age range 24-37 years) were studied. We delineated the detailed trajectories of the stria terminalis and fornix bilaterally in fifteen normal adult human brains. Using a high resolution DTT technique, we demonstrate for the first time, the trajectory of stria terminalis as well as detailed precommissural and postcommissural connectivity of the forniceal columns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume608
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 3 2015

Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • Fornix
  • High resolution
  • Hippocampus
  • Hypothalamus
  • Limbic
  • Septal nuclei
  • Stria terminalis
  • Tractography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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