Interposed nucleus

Interposed nucleus
Latin nucleus interpositus anterior, nucleus interpositus posterior
NeuroLex ID Interpositus Nucleus

Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The interposed nucleus is a deep nucleus of the cerebellum and is composed of the globose nuclei and the emboliform nuclei. It is located in the roof (dorsal aspect) of the fourth ventricle, lateral to the fastigial nucleus. It receives its afferent supply from the anterior lobe of the cerebellum and sends output via the superior cerebellar peduncle to the red nucleus.

The interposed nucleus is located in the paravermis of the cerebellum. It receives input from the ipsilateral cuneocerebellar tract and the dorsal spinocerebellar tract, which originate in the accessory cuneate nucleus and Clarke's nucleus, respectively. The interposed nucleus is responsible for coordinating agonist/antagonist muscle pairs, and therefore a lesion in this area causes tremor.

The interposed nucleus is smaller than the dentate but larger than the fastigial nucleus.


Functionally, it modulates muscle stretch reflexes of proximal limb muscles. The cerebellar interpositus nucleus is also required in delayed Pavlovian conditioning.[1]


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