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Brain Res. 1987 Feb 10;403(1):31-42.

Neurotensin immunoreactive neurons in the human infant diencephalon.


Neurotensin-like immunoreactive (NT-IR) neurons are present in discrete subregions of the anterior, medial and lateral thalamic nuclear groups of the human infant brain. The pulvinar is notably rich in such cells. Smaller numbers of cells are present in the ventral group, centromedian nucleus, reticular nuclei and intralaminar nuclei. Neurotensin immunoreactive axons accumulate dorsally in the thalamus and cross the deep white matter. The cerebral cortex contains a rich network of NT-IR axons. The subthalamic nucleus is rich in NT-IR neurons. Within the hypothalamus NT-IR perikarya are present in parts of the lateral and tuberal regions and in the lateral mammillary area. NT-IR axons are widespread being particularly prominent in parts of the tuberal region and the mammillary body.

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