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Serotonin innervation of the cerebral cortex in lizards

Brain Research
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DOI: 10.1016/0006-8993(89)90711-7
  • Serotonin
  • 5-Hydroxytryptamine
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Lizard
  • Reptile


Abstract The serotonin (5-HT) innervation of the cerebral cortex in two species of lizards has been studied. Results show no differences between both species. Most of the cerebral cortex of these lizards is innervated by serotoninergic fibers, which are fine and varicose. Their density varies greatly from one cortical region to another: the areas with higher density of serotoninergic fibers and terminals are parts of the medial and dorsal cortices. There is a laminar pattern of distribution of serotoninergic fibers. In the medial cortex, 5-HT fibers are found preferentially in both plexiform layers just above and below the cellular layer. In the dorsomedial cortex, there is an immunoreactive plexus in the outermost third of the superficial plexiform layer and another in the depth of the layer, whereas 5-HT fibers are distributed evenly in the deep plexiform layer of this cortex. In the pars medialis of the dorsal cortex, serotoninergic fibers are abundant in all layers, whereas in the pars lateralis, fibers are found predominantly in the external third of the superficial plexiform layer. The lateral cortex is almost devoid of immunoreactive fibers. These results show a different organization of the cortical serotonin innervation between lizards and turtles.

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