Catecholaminergic innervation of the hippocampus in the cynomolgus monkey.

Journal Article

We studied the immunocytochemical distribution of catecholaminergic fibers in the hippocampal formation from two cynomolgus monkeys by using phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase, dopamine-beta-hydroxylase, and tyrosine-hydroxylase antibodies. There were no phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase immunoreactive fibers suggesting the lack of epinephrine containing fibers. In order to compare the distributions of tyrosine-hydroxylase and dopamine-beta-hydroxylase immunoreactive fibers, we counted fibers in four hippocampal regions, the dentate gyrus, CA3, CA1, and the subiculum at three different rostrocaudal levels. The distributions of dopamine-beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine-hydroxylase immunoreactive fibers were overlapping but clearly different, suggesting that the hippocampus receives both noradrenergic and dopaminergic inputs in primates. Dopamine-beta-hydroxylase-immunoreactive fibers were present in moderate density and roughly evenly distributed throughout the hippocampus. Tyrosine-hydroxylase immunoreactive fibers were found in high density in the dentate gyrus, in the stratum lacunosum-moleculare, and in the molecular layer of the subiculum. There were only minor side-side and rostrocaudal differences in the distribution of tyrosine-hydroxylase and dopamine-beta-hydroxylase immunoreactive fibers. The identification of a putative dopaminergic projection to primate hippocampus, which is more dense and widely distributed than in the rodent, parallels similar increases in dopaminergic projections reported for primate cerebral neocortex.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Samson, Y; Wu, JJ; Friedman, AH; Davis, JN

Published Date

  • August 8, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 298 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 250 - 263

PubMed ID

  • 1976657

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9967

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/cne.902980209

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States