New morphometrical and microdensitometrical approaches for evaluation of transmitter-identified neurons in the central nervous system have been developed. These rely at the presynaptic level on the use of immunocytochemistry and at the postsynaptic level on the use of receptor autoradiography. The immunocytochemical analysis involves the indirect immunofluorescence method and the indirect immunoperoxidase method utilizing cryostat and vibratome sections, respectively. In the postsynaptic analysis cryostat sections and tritium-sensitive film were employed. A block diagram representation of the system of the image analyzer used and its connection with its host computer is given. Furthermore, flow charts of the original software developed by our group in presented. The morphometrical analysis has been performed on coronal sections of rat brain resulting in determinations of cell body and cell group parameters. Based on this information, objective criteria have been introduced to assess the existence of a cell group of transmitter-identified neurons in a three-dimensional frame and to give a morphometrical description of this group in the space. Moreover, new quantitative approaches to describe the dendritic and terminal fields have been introduced and for the first time in this type of morphometrical analysis, the Lorenz curves and the Gini index have been utilized in the description of the pattern of dendritic and terminal networks. By means of these morphometrical approaches it became possible to analyze topological and biochemical heterogeneities within cell groups defined in the rostrocaudal frame. In particular, it has been possible to develop a quantitative method for the evaluation of coexistence in nerve cell bodies. This method has been called the overlap method and allows an analysis cell by cell of the possible coexistence of two or more antigens.
|Data di pubblicazione:||1983|
|Titolo:||Computer-assisted morphometry and microdensitometry of transmitter- identified neurons with special reference to the mesostriatal dopamine pathway. Methodological aspects.|
|Autore/i:||Agnati LF; Fuxe K; Benfenati F; Zini I; Zoli M; Fabbri L; Härfstrand A|
|Citazione:||Computer-assisted morphometry and microdensitometry of transmitter- identified neurons with special reference to the mesostriatal dopamine pathway. Methodological aspects. / Agnati LF; Fuxe K; Benfenati F; Zini I; Zoli M; Fabbri L; Härfstrand A. - In: ACTA PHYSIOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA. - ISSN 0001-6772. - STAMPA. - 532(1983), pp. 5-36.|
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