Consensus Paper: Current Views on the Role of Cerebellar Interpositus Nucleus in Movement Control and Emotion

Vincenzo Perciavalle, Richard Apps, Vlastislav Bracha, José M Delgado-García, Alan R Gibson, Maria Leggio, Andrew J Carrel, Nadia Cerminara, Marinella Coco, Agnès Gruart, Raudel Sánchez-Campusano

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Abstract

In the present paper, we examine the role of the cerebellar interpositus nucleus (IN) in motor and non-motor domains. Recent findings are considered, and we share the following conclusions: IN as part of the olivo-cortico-nuclear microcircuit is involved in providing powerful timing signals important in coordinating limb movements; IN could participate in the timing and performance of ongoing conditioned responses rather than the generation and/or initiation of such responses; IN is involved in the control of reflexive and voluntary movements in a task- and effector system-dependent fashion, including hand movements and associated upper limb adjustments, for quick effective actions; IN develops internal models for dynamic interactions of the motor system with the external environment for anticipatory control of movement; and IN plays a significant role in the modulation of autonomic and emotional functions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-757
Number of pages20
JournalCerebellum
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2013

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