Thalamostriatal projection neurons in birds utilize LANT6 and neurotensin

a light and electron microscopic double-labeling study

C. Leo Veenman, Ellen J. Karle, Keith D. Anderson, Anton Reiner

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Based on its location, connectivity and neurotransmitter content, the dorsal thalamic zone in birds appears to be homologous to the intralaminar, midline, and mediodorsal nuclear complex in the thalamus of mammals. We investigated the neuroactive substances used by thalamostriatal projection neurons of the dorsal thalamic zone in the pigeon. Single-labeling experiments showed that many neurons in the dorsal thalamic zone are immunoreactive for neurotensin and the neurotensin-related hexapeptide, (Lys8,Asn9)NT(8-13) (LANT6). Double-labeling experiments, using the retrograde fluorescent tracer, FluoroGold, combined with fluorescence immunocytochemistry for either LANT6 or neurotensin, showed that neurotensin- and LANT6-containing neurons in the dorsal thalamic zone project to the striatum of the basal ganglia. Immunofluorescence double-labeling experiments showed that neurotensin and LANT6 are often (possibly always) co-expressed in neurons in the dorsal thalamic zone. Electron microscopic immunohistochemical double-labeling showed that LANT6 terminals in the striatum make asymmetric contacts with heads of spines labeled for substance P and heads of spines not labeled for substance P, suggesting that these terminals synapse with both substance P-containing and non-substance P-containing medium spiny striatal projection neurons. These findings indicate that LANT6 and neurotensin may be utilized as neurotransmitters in thalamostriatal projections in birds and raise the possibility that this may also be the case in other amniotes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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Neurotensin
Birds
Electrons
Neurons
Light
Substance P
Neurotransmitter Agents
Spine
Corpus Striatum
Columbidae
Basal Ganglia
Thalamus
Synapses
Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Mammals
Fluorescence
Immunohistochemistry

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Thalamostriatal projection neurons in birds utilize LANT6 and neurotensin : a light and electron microscopic double-labeling study. / Leo Veenman, C.; Karle, Ellen J.; Anderson, Keith D.; Reiner, Anton.

In: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, Vol. 9, No. 1, 01.01.1995, p. 1-16.

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