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Flocculonodular lobe and immediately adjacent vermis The vestibulocerebellum regulates balance and eye movements. It receives vestibular input from both the semicircular canals and from the vestibular nuclei , and sends fibres back to the medial and lateral vestibular nuclei. It also receives visual input from the superior colliculi and from the visual cortex the latter via the pontine nuclei , forming a cortico-ponto-cerebellar pathway.
Lesions of the vestibulocerebellum cause disturbances of balance and gait. There is another small region, known as the biventer lobule. Spinocerebellum Paleocerebellum Vermis and intermediate parts of the hemispheres "paravermis" The spinocerebellum regulates body and limb movements. It receives proprioception input from the dorsal columns of the spinal cord including the spinocerebellar tract and the trigeminal nerve , as well as from visual and auditory systems.
It sends fibres to deep cerebellar nuclei including the fastigial nucleus which in turn project to both the cerebral cortex via midbrain and thalamus and the brain stem via reticular formation in the pons , and vestibular nuclei in the medulla oblongata , thus providing modulation of descending motor systems. The spinocerebellum contains sensory maps as it receives data on the position of various body parts in space: in particular, the vermis receives fibres from the trunk and proximal portions of limbs, while the intermediate parts of the hemispheres receive fibres from the distal portions of limbs.
The spinocerebellum is able to elaborate proprioceptive input in order to anticipate the future position of a body part during the course of a movement, in a "feed forward" manner. Cerebrocerebellum Neocerebellum, Pontocerebellum Lateral parts of the hemispheres The neocerebellum is involved in planning movement and evaluating sensory information for action.
It receives input exclusively from the cerebral cortex especially the parietal lobe via the pontine nuclei in the pons , forming cortico-ponto-cerebellar pathways and dentate nucleus in the cerebellum , and sends fibres mainly to the ventrolateral thalamus in turn connected to motor areas of the premotor cortex and primary motor area of the cerebral cortex and to the red nucleus in turn connected to the inferior olivary nucleus , which links back to the cerebellar hemispheres.
The neocerebellum is involved in planning movement that is about to occur  and has purely cognitive functions as well. Much of what is understood about the functions of the cerebellum stems from careful documentation of the effects of focal lesions in human patients who have suffered from injury or disease or through animal lesion research. Cellular anatomy[ edit ] As explained in more detail in the Function section, the cerebellum differs from most other brain areas in that the flow of neural signals through it is almost entirely unidirectional: there are virtually no backward connections between its neuronal elements.
Thus the most logical way to describe the cellular structure is to begin with the inputs and follow the sequence of connections through to the outputs. Main article: Deep cerebellar nuclei The four deep nuclei of the cerebellum are the dentate , emboliform , globose , and fastigii nuclei and they act as the main centers of communication, sending and receiving information to and from specific parts of the brain.
Cortical layers[ edit ] Figure 5: Microcircuitry of the cerebellum. MF: Mossy fiber. DCN: Deep cerebellar nuclei. IO: Inferior olive.
CF: Climbing fiber. GC: Granule cell. PF: Parallel fiber. PC: Purkinje cell. GgC: Golgi cell. SC: Stellate cell. BC: Basket cell. Figure 6: Confocal micrograph from mouse cerebellum expressing green-fluorescent protein in Purkinje cells The cytoarchitecture cellular organization of the cerebellum is highly uniform, with connections organized into a rough, three-dimensional array of perpendicular circuit elements.
This organizational uniformity makes the nerve circuitry relatively easy to study. There are three layers to the cerebellar cortex; from outer to inner layer, these are the molecular, Purkinje, and granular layers.
The function of the cerebellar cortex is essentially to modulate information flowing through the deep nuclei. The microcircuitry of the cerebellum is schematized in Figure 5. Mossy and climbing fibers carry sensorimotor information into the deep nuclei, which in turn pass it on to various premotor areas, thus regulating the gain and timing of motor actions. Mossy and climbing fibers also feed this information into the cerebellar cortex, which performs various computations, resulting in the regulation of Purkinje cell firing.
Purkinje neurons feed back into the deep nuclei via a potent inhibitory synapse. This synapse regulates the extent to which mossy and climbing fibers activate the deep nuclei, and thus control the ultimate effect of the cerebellum on motor function. The synaptic strength of almost every synapse in the cerebellar cortex has been shown to undergo synaptic plasticity. This allows the circuitry of the cerebellar cortex to continuously adjust and fine-tune the output of the cerebellum, forming the basis of some types of motor learning and coordination.
Each layer in the cerebellar cortex contains the various cell types that comprise this circuitry. Molecular layer[ edit ] This outermost layer of the cerebellar cortex contains two types of inhibitory interneurons : the stellate and basket cells. It also contains the dendritic arbors of Purkinje neurons and parallel fiber tracts from the granule cells.
Purkinje layer[ edit ] The middle layer contains only one type of cell body—that of the large Purkinje cell. Purkinje cells are the primary integrative neurons of the cerebellar cortex and provide its sole output. Purkinje cell dendrites are large arbors with hundreds of spiny branches reaching up into the molecular layer Fig. These dendritic arbors are flat—nearly all of them lie in planes—with neighboring Purkinje arbors in parallel planes.
Each parallel fiber from the granule cells runs orthogonally through these arbors, like a wire passing through many layers. Purkinje neurons are GABAergic—meaning they have inhibitory synapses—with the neurons of the deep cerebellar and vestibular nuclei in the brainstem. Each Purkinje cell receives excitatory input from , to , parallel fibers.
Parallel fibers are said to be responsible for the simple all or nothing, amplitude invariant spiking of the Purkinje cell. Purkinje cells also receive input from the inferior olivary nucleus via climbing fibers. A good mnemonic for this interaction is the phrase "climb the other olive tree", given that climbing fibers originate from the contralateral inferior olive. In striking contrast to the ,plus inputs from parallel fibers, each Purkinje cell receives input from exactly one climbing fiber; but this single fiber "climbs" the dendrites of the Purkinje cell, winding around them and making a large number of synapses as it goes.
The net input is so strong that a single action potential from a climbing fiber is capable of producing a "complex spike" in the Purkinje cell: a burst of several spikes in a row, with diminishing amplitude,  followed by a pause during which simple spikes are suppressed. Just underneath the Purkinje layer are the Lugaro cells whose very long dendrites travel along the boundary between the Purkinje and the granular layers.
Granular layer[ edit ] The innermost layer contains the cell bodies of three types of cells: the numerous and tiny granule cells , the slightly larger unipolar brush cells  and the much larger Golgi cells. Mossy fibers enter the granular layer from their main point of origin, the pontine nuclei. These fibers form excitatory synapses with the granule cells and the cells of the deep cerebellar nuclei. The granule cells send their T-shaped axons—known as parallel fibers —up into the superficial molecular layer, where they form hundreds of thousands of synapses with Purkinje cell dendrites.
Golgi cells provide inhibitory feedback to granule cells, forming a synapse with them and projecting an axon into the molecular layer.
If through the pons this would go to mossy fibers that synapse with granule and Golgi neurons with the granule cells then targeting Purkinje neurons via their excitatory parallel fibers.
If the inferior olive it would go via excitatory climbing fiber inputs to Purkinje neurons. The corticopontocerebellar pathway is the largest pathway associated with the cerebellum. Arising in the cerebral cortex these fibers first terminate ipsilaterally in the pontine nuclei. Then the fibers decussate and form the middle cerebellar peduncle, terminating in the cerebellar cortex as mossy fibers. This pathway transmits signals that inform the cerebellum about the movement in progress and the upcoming movement.
This helps the continuous adjustment of motor activity. Those synapse ipsilaterally in the reticular formation , then via the inferior and middle peduncles into the cerebellar vermis. Cortico-olivary fibers synapse bilaterally in the inferior olivary nucleus.
In the cerebellar cortex, the response of Purkinje cells takes the form of complex spikes. The cerebellar lateral expansion, or the neocerebellum, may be associated with cognitive functions, and it is anatomically linked with the lateral prefrontal cortex.
It shows greatest activity during speech, with a one-sided predominance consistent with a possible linkage via the thalamus with the motor speech area. This results in cognitive defects in the form of diminished reasoning power, inattention, grammatical errors in speech, poor spatial sense, and patchy memory loss. Three arteries supply blood to the cerebellum Fig. The SCA branches off the lateral portion of the basilar artery, just inferior to its bifurcation into the posterior cerebral artery.
Here, it wraps posteriorly around the pons to which it also supplies blood before reaching the cerebellum. The SCA supplies blood to most of the cerebellar cortex, the cerebellar nuclei, and the superior cerebellar peduncles. From its origin, it branches along the inferior portion of the pons at the cerebellopontine angle before reaching the cerebellum.
Obstruction of the AICA can cause paresis , paralysis , and loss of sensation in the face; it can also cause hearing impairment. Moreover, it could cause an infarct of the cerebellopontine angle.
The PICA branches off the lateral portion of the vertebral arteries just inferior to their junction with the basilar artery. Before reaching the inferior surface of the cerebellum, the PICA sends branches into the medulla, supplying blood to several cranial nerve nuclei. In the cerebellum, the PICA supplies blood to the posterior inferior portion of the cerebellum, the inferior cerebellar peduncle, the nucleus ambiguus , the vagus motor nucleus, the spinal trigeminal nucleus, the solitary nucleus , and the vestibulocochlear nuclei.
Variations among vertebrates[ edit ] There is considerable variation in the size and shape of the cerebellum in different vertebrate species. It is generally largest in cartilaginous and bony fish , birds, and mammals, but somewhat smaller in reptiles. The large paired and convoluted lobes found in humans are typical of mammals, but the cerebellum is generally a single median lobe in other groups, and is either smooth or only slightly grooved.
In mammals, the neocerebellum is the major part of the cerebellum by mass, but in other vertebrates, it is typically the spinocerebellum. Although the spinocerebellum is present in these groups, the primary structures are small paired nuclei corresponding to the vestibulocerebellum.
These are the superior brachium conjunctivum , middle brachium pontis , and inferior restiform and juxtarestiform bodies cerebellar peduncles. Peduncle Superior While there are some afferent fibers from the anterior spinocerebellar tract that are conveyed to the anterior cerebellar lobe via this peduncle, most of the fibers are efferents. Thus, the superior cerebellar peduncle is the major output pathway of the cerebellum.
These fibers descend from the sensory and motor areas of the cerebral neocortex and make the middle cerebellar peduncle the largest of the three cerebellar peduncles. Inferior This carries many types of input and output fibers that are mainly concerned with integrating proprioceptive sensory input with motor vestibular functions such as balance and posture maintenance.
Proprioceptive information from the body is carried to the cerebellum via the dorsal spinocerebellar tract. This tract passes through the inferior cerebellar peduncle and synapses within the paleocerebellum. Vestibular information projects onto the archicerebellum. The climbing fibers of the inferior olive run through the inferior cerebellar peduncle.
This peduncle also carries information directly from the Purkinje cells out to the vestibular nuclei in the dorsal brainstem located at the junction between the pons and medulla.
There are three sources of input to the cerebellum, in two categories consisting of mossy and climbing fibers, respectively.
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