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The supraspinal connectome is essential for normal behavior and homeostasis and consists of numerous sensory, motor, and autonomic projections from brain to spinal cord. Study of supraspinal control and its restoration after damage has focused mostly on a handful of major populations that carry motor commands, with only limited consideration of dozens more that provide autonomic or crucial motor modulation. Here, we assemble an experimental workflow to rapidly profile the entire supraspinal mesoconnectome in adult mice and disseminate the output in a web-based resource. Optimized viral labeling, 3D imaging, and registration to a mouse digital neuroanatomical atlas assigned tens of thousands of supraspinal neurons to 69 identified regions. We demonstrate the ability of this approach to clarify essential points of topographic mapping between spinal levels, measure population-specific sensitivity to spinal injury, and test the relationships between region-specific neuronal sparing and variability in functional recovery. This work will spur progress by broadening understanding of essential but understudied supraspinal populations.
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Wang, Zimei; Romanski, Adam; Mehra, Vatsal; Wang, Yunfang; Brannigan, Matthew; Campbell, Benjamin C.; Petsko, Gregory A.; Tsoulfas, Pantelis; and Blackmore, Murray G., "Brain-Wide Analysis of the Supraspinal Connectome Reveals Anatomical Correlates to Functional Recovery After Spinal Injury" (2022). Biomedical Sciences Faculty Research and Publications. 255.
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