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Brain Res. 2002 Feb 15;927(2):200-3.

Differential distribution of afferents containing serotonin and neuropeptide Y within the marmoset suprachiasmatic nucleus.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 1524, 05508-900, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.


Neuropeptide Y-containing fibers/terminals were immunohistochemically detected in the ventral portion of the marmoset suprachiasmatic nucleus, approximately matching the distribution of its retinal afferents. On the other hand, serotonergic fibers/terminals were found mostly in central and dorsal areas of the suprachiasmatic nucleus, almost completely sparing its ventral portion. These data may represent a morphological substrate for differential actions of serotonin and neuropeptide Y in the control of circadian rhythmicity in marmosets.

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