Parvocellular reticular nucleus

Parvocellular reticular nucleus
Latin nucleus reticularis parvocellaris
NeuroNames hier-725
TA A14.1.04.312
FMA 72575

Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The parvocellular reticular nucleus is part of the brain located dorsolateral to the caudal pontine reticular nucleus.

The dorsal portion of the reticular nucleus has been shown to innervate the mesencephalic trigeminal nucleus and its surrounding area.

Also, it projects to the facial nucleus, hypoglossal nucleus and parabrachial area along with parts of the caudal parvocellular reticular formation.[1]

This nucleus is also involved in expiration with a part of the gigantocellular nucleus.


  1. Ter Horst, GJ et al. Projections from the rostral parvocellular reticular formation to pontine and medullary nuclei in the rat: involvement in autonomic regulation and orofacial motor control. Neuroscience. 1991;40(3):735-58.

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