The distribution of dopamine D-1, and D-2 receptor immunoreactivities in the nucleus accumbens and the olfactory tubercle of adult and postnatal male rats were compared with the distribution of tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine transporter immunoreactivities. An overall co-distribution of D-1 and D-2 receptor immunoreactivities with tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity was found in the nucleus accumbens and the olfactory tubercle. However, the major finding in this study was, following a more detailed analysis in coronal sections of the shell part of the nucleus accumbens, the existence of nerve cell patches of strong D-1 receptor immunoreactivity associated with low D-2 receptor, dopamine transporter and tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivities. These patches were mainly surrounded by areas of strong D-2 receptor, tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine transporter immunoreactivities and could be found also in the olfactory tubercle. Similar observations were made in postnatal rats. Serial reconstructions of the patches of strong D-1 receptor immunoreactivity in the rostrocaudal direction were made. The patches formed a continuous tubular nerve cell system in the shell part of the nucleus accumbens. Since this nerve cell system was found to be surrounded by a high density of dopamine terminals, it may represent a compartment where dopamine transmission mainly acts on D-1 receptors via local diffusion (i.e. via volume transmission). However, it must be noted that the D-1 receptor rich patches constitute only a small fraction of the nucleus accumbens and the overall density of tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactive terminals correlates with the density of both D-1 and D-2 receptors in the nucleus accumbens. In conclusion, the present paper gives new aspects on the chemical microarchitecture of the nucleus accumbens.
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|Anno di pubblicazione:||1999|
|Titolo:||On the distribution patterns of D-1, D-2, tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine transporter immunoreactivities in the ventral striatum of the rat|
|Autori:||Jansson A; Goldstein M; Tinner B; Zoli M; Meador-Woodruff JH; Lew JY; Levey AI; Watson S; Agnati LF; Fuxe K|
|Autori interni:||ZOLI, Michele |
AGNATI, Luigi Francesco
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