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J Comp Neurol. 1998 Dec 28;402(4):475-500.

Widespread expression in adult rat forebrain of mRNA encoding high-affinity neurotensin receptor.

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Department of Pharmacology, Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts 02118, USA.


The peptides neurotensin (NT) and neuromedin N exert effects on neurons by means of a high-affinity NT receptor (NTRH) belonging to the superfamily of G-protein-coupled receptors. In the present study, we used in situ hybridization histochemistry with sensitive riboprobe methodology to investigate the distribution of NTRH mRNA in the forebrain of adult rats. Labeled cells were abundant in the hypothalamus, epithalamus, ventral thalamus, septum, amygdala, and pallidum, including many regions where NTRH mRNA had not been detected previously. In the hypothalamus, novel sites of NTRH mRNA expression included the arcuate, periventricular, paraventricular, supraoptic, medial preoptic, anterior, ventromedial, and posterior nuclei, as well as the lateral hypothalamic area. In the thalamus, novel sites of expression included the anterodorsal nucleus, lateral habenula, and zona incerta, where labeling was much more extensive than previously reported. Novel telencephalic sites of expression included most bed nuclei of the stria terminalis, most divisions of the amygdala, the main olfactory bulb, the endopiriform nucleus, the claustrum, many parts of retrohippocampal allocortex, and limited parts of most isocortical areas. Novel sites of expression were also observed in the midbrain and pons. Taking into account expected differences in the subcellular locations of receptor mRNA and protein, the regional distribution of NTRH mRNA agrees well with that of NTRH determined previously. Our results identify many novel sites of NTRH mRNA expression in adult brain and provide a basis for investigating involvement of NT and related peptides in regulating the activity of these diverse cells, whose phenotypes remain largely undetermined.

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