Vasopressin in the forebrain of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): Studies with in situ hybridization, immunocytochemistry and receptor autoradiography

Zuoxin Wang, Diane Toloczko, Larry J. Young, Kathleen Moody, John D. Newman, Thomas R. Insel

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Abstract

The distribution of vasopressin (AVP) producing cells, their projections and AVP receptors was examined in the brain of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) using in situ hybridization, immunocytochemistry and receptor autoradiography. Clusters of cells labeled for AVP mRNA or stained for AVP immunoreactivity (AVP-ir) were found in the paraventricular (PVN), supraoptic (SON) and suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus. Scattered AVP producing cells were also found in the lateral hypothalamus and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST). Neither AVP mRNA-labeled nor AVP-ir cells were detected in the amygdala. Although AVP-ir fibers were evident outside of the hypothalamic-neurohypophyseal tract, a plexus of fibers in the lateral septum, as observed in the rat brain, was not detected. Receptor autoradiography using 125I-linear-AVP revealed specific binding for AVP receptors in the nucleus accumbens, diagonal band, lateral septum, the BST, SCN, PVN, amygdala, anterodorsal and ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, indicating sites for central AVP action in the marmoset brain. Together, these data provide a comprehensive picture of AVP pathways in the marmoset brain, demonstrating differences from rodents in the distribution of cell bodies, fibers and receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalBrain Research
Volume768
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Hypothalamus
  • Lateral septum
  • Stria terminalis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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