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Brain Res. 1983 Nov 21;279(1-2):1-8.

The crossed mesostriatal projection: neurochemistry and developmental response to lesion.

Abstract

The projections of substantia nigra and ventral tegmental area (SN-VTA) neurons to either the ipsilateral or contralateral caudate-putamen (CP) were studied in intact and 6-hydroxydopamine-treated rats, using both retrograde transport of fluorescent dyes and measurements of dopamine concentration. After unilateral CP injections of nuclear yellow or granular blue in intact 6- or 30-day-old rats, approximately 1% of the retrogradely labeled cells were located in the contralateral SN-VTA. In 6- or 30-day-old rats which had been injected with 6-hydroxydopamine in the left lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) at 1 day of age, the extent of cell labeling of both the uncrossed projection in the right hemisphere and the crossed projection originating in the left SN-VTA was normal. However, the number of labeled cells of the uncrossed pathway of the left side and the crossed pathway originating in the right SN-VTA were markedly decreased by the lesion, indicating that the crossed nigrostriatal cells decussate before they reach the LHA. The 6-hydroxydopamine-induced decreases in SN-VTA labeling of both the crossed and uncrossed pathway closely matched the degree of dopamine depletion in the lesioned CP at 6 days of age and at 30 days of age. A partial recovery of both measures occurred between days 6 and 30. Thus, retrograde labeling of SN-VTA cells and at 30 days of age. A partial recovery of both measures occurred between days 6 and 30. Thus, retrograde labeling of SN-VTA cells with fluorescent dyes provided a quantitative measure of the dopaminergic innervation of the neostriatum in both the uncrossed and crossed pathways.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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