Layer-specific innervation of the dopamine-deficient frontal cortex in weaver mutant mice by grafted mesencephalic dopaminergic neurones

Lazaros C. Triarhou, Walter C. Low, Bernardino Ghetti

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Abstract

The dopamine innervation of the frontal cortex originates in the A9 and A10 mesencephalic dopamine cell groups. In weaver mutant mice, there is a 77% frontocortical dopamine deficiency associated with losses of dopamine neurones in areas A9 and A10. The dopamine-depleted cortical areas of weaver mutant mice are receptive to reinnervation by afferent fibres originating in dopamine-containing mesencephalic grafts from normal donor embryos. In the anteromedial frontal lobe, reinnervation by tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactive fibres is largely confined to the basal cortical layers whereas in the anterior cingulate cortex, tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactive fibres also occupy superficial layers, including the molecular layer. Normally, the dopaminergic innervation of the anteromedial frontal lobe is distributed among the basal cortical layers (IV-VI), and the dopaminergic innervation of the cingulate cortex occupies both basal and superficial cortical layers. The pattern of innervation following transplantation indicates that, in repopulating dopamine-deficient cortical areas of recipient weaver mutants, graft-derived dopamine fibres show a preference for those layers which are normally invested by dopamine afferents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalCell And Tissue Research
Volume254
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1988

Keywords

  • Cingulate cortex
  • Dopamine
  • Frontal cortex
  • Neural transplant
  • Selective reinnervation
  • Substantia nigra
  • Ventral tegmental area
  • Weaver mutant mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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