Comparative analysis of the serotonergic systems in the CNS of two lungfishes, Protopterus dolloi and Neoceratodus forsteri



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López Redondo, Jesús María and González Gallegos, Agustín (2015) Comparative analysis of the serotonergic systems in the CNS of two lungfishes, Protopterus dolloi and Neoceratodus forsteri. Brain Structure and Function, 220 . pp. 385-405. ISSN 1863-2653

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The organization of the serotonergic system, one of the most important neurotransmitter systems in the brain, has been carefully analyzed in most vertebrate groups, and major shared characteristics have been described, although traits particular to each vertebrate class have also been found. The present study is the first that provides a comprehensive and detailed map of the serotonergic structures in the brain of two representative species of lungfishes, the African lungfish (Protopterus dolloi) and the Australian lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri), as revealed by immunohistochemistry against serotonin (5-HT). Lungfishes are currently considered the closest living relatives of tetrapods and represent an interesting group for the study of evolutionary traits in the transition from fishes to tetrapods. Distinct groups of serotonin immunoreactive cells were observed in the preoptic area, nucleus of the periventricular organ, pretectum, optic tectum and the long column of the raphe. Fiber labeling was widely distributed in all main brain subdivisions but was more abundant in regions such as the striatum, septum, amygdaloid complex, preoptic area, suprachiasmatic nucleus, lateral hypothalamic area, prethalamus, thalamus, mesencephalic tegmentum and rhombencephalic reticular formation. Comparison of these results with those from other classes of vertebrates highlights numerous common traits shared by most groups of fishes but also reveals that the serotonergic system in lungfishes largely resembles those of amphibians and other tetrapods.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Serotonin Immunohistochemistry Hypothalamus Raphe Lungfish Brain evolution Abb
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Cytology
Medical sciences > Biology > Neurosciences
ID Code:41967
Deposited On:28 Mar 2017 14:56
Last Modified:03 Apr 2017 11:43

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