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A novel monoclonal antibody recognizes a previously unknown subdivision of the habenulo-interpeduncular system in zebrafish

Brain Research
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DOI: 10.1016/s0006-8993(01)02313-7
  • Fasciculus Retroflexus
  • Habenula
  • Interpeduncular Nucleus
  • Fish
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics


Abstract The habenulo-interpeduncular system is an evolutionarily conserved structure found in the brain of almost all vertebrates. We prepared a monoclonal antibody (6G11) which very specifically recognizes only a part of this system. 6G11 is a monoclonal antibody prepared from a neuronal membrane protein in adult zebrafish brain. In western blot analysis of the adult zebrafish brain, the antibody recognized a 95 kDa protein, and the class of the antibody was determined to be IgM. The 6G11 antigen was not detected in zebrafish muscle, intestine, testis or ovary. A group of neurons stained by the 6G11 antibody was located in the caudomedial part of the zebrafish habenula. The 6G11-immunopositive neurons extended their axons into the fasciculus retroflexus (FR). One group of immunopositive neurons projected toward the interpeduncular nucleus (IPN), especially to the intermediate and the central subnucleus (type 1 neuron). The other group projected to the ventral midline at the level of the raphe nucleus; these axons passed ipsilaterally beside the IPN and converged in the ventral midline under the raphe nucleus (type 2 neuron). Both type 1 and type 2 fibers are relatively minor components of the FR. Little has previously been known about this topological pattern in any species. The 6G11 monoclonal antibody could be a useful tool for expanding knowledge of the habenulo-interpeduncular system.

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