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Title: Association of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript and neuropeptide Y in the forebrain and pituitary of the catfish, Clarias batrachus: A double immunofluorescent labeling study
Authors: Singru, Praful S.
Mazumdar, M.
Barsagade, Vikas G.
Lecha. R.M.
Thim, L.
Clausen, Jes Thorn
Dept. of Biology
Keywords: Hypothalamus
Nucleus entopeduncularis
Olfactory bulb
Preoptic area
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 36(3-4).
Abstract: Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) are involved in the regulation of food intake, body weight, pituitary hormones, and reproduction. While CART and NPY occupy overlapping fields in the brain of mammals, little is known about the interaction between these peptide-containing systems in other vertebrates. We explored neuroanatomical associations between CART and NPY in the olfactory system, forebrain and pituitary of the catfish, Clarias batrachus, using double immunofluorescence method. NPY-containing fascicles from olfactory receptor neurons innervated the olfactory glomeruli and mitral cell layer in close association with CART-containing terminal fields. Distinct CART- or NPY-containing fibers were seen in the medial olfactory tract. In the dorsal telencephalon, CART- and NPY-immunoreactive axons were closely associated in area dorsalis telencephali/pars lateralis dorsalis (Dld), and posterioris (Dlp). In the ventral telencephalon, while most of the cells of nucleus entopeduncularis (NE) showed the presence of CART as well as NPY, a few cells with only NPY-immunoreactivity were observed. Similarly, a CART and NPY colocalized cell population was prominent in the preoptic area (POA); and a small population of cells with NPY-immunoreactivity was also evident. Other areas where CART and NPY were colocalized included fibers in the tuberal area, inferior lobe, neurohypophysis, proximal pars distalis and pars intermedia of the pituitary. No association between CART and NPY was observed in the thalamus and habenular ganglion. These results suggest that CART- and NPY-peptidergic systems may interact in NE, POA, tuberal area, certain telencephalic areas and pituitary and jointly process information relating to reproduction, feeding and neuroendocrine regulation.
ISSN: 0891-0618
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