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J Comp Neurol. 1981 Feb 20;196(2):347-54.

Evidence for a catecholaminergic projection to area X in the zebra finch.


In the zebra finch (Poephila guttata), horseradish peroxidase injected into or near Area X of the lobus parolfactorius (LPO) is transported to cell bodies in ipsilateral hyperstriatum ventrale pars caudale (HVc), area ventralis of Tsai (AVT), and nucleus tegmenti pedunculo-pontinus, pars compacta (TPc). Area X, LPO, and paleostriatum augmentatum (PA) all contain a dense network of catacholamine-containing axons and nerve terminals, as determined in histofluorescence studies. Cell bodies in AVT and TPc contain catacholamines; lesions of TPc greatly reduce or abolish catacholamine fluorescence in PA, and a lesion of AVT eliminates histofluorescence in LPO, icluding Area X. The anatomical location and catecholaminergic projection from AVT suggest that LPO-Area X may be the avian homolog of the mammalian nucleus accumbens, olfactory tubercle, and/or rostromedial caudate.

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