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Endocrine Regulations Vol.44, No.3, p.89-99, 2010

Author: J. Petrak, J. Bundzikova, Z. Pirnik, B. Mravec, R. Kvetnansky, A. Kiss

Abstract: Objective. Little is known about the response of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) containing hypothalamic neurons to stress in corticoliberine deficient (CRH-KO) mice. This study was aimed to extend this issue and reveal the data leading to a better understanding of physiological/anatomical plasticity of hypothalamic TH cells in response to acute immobilization stress (IMO) as well as of possible of CRH body deficiency contribution in the regulation of TH cells during stress. We examined the topographic distribution of TH protein immunolabeled perikarya in selected hypothalamic structures including the paraventricular (PVN), supraoptic (SON), periventricular (PeVN), arcuate (ArcN), dorsomedial (DMN), and ventromedial (VMN) nuclei and extrahypothalamic zona incerta (ZI) in CRH-KO and wild type (WT) mice.
Methods. The animals were perfused with fixative 120 min after a single IMO stress. The brains were removed, cryo-sectioned throughout the hypothalamus and Fos-TH co-localizations were processed immunohistochemically. Fos protein was visualized by diaminobenzidine (DAB) intensified with nickel ammonium sulphate, while TH cells were labeled only with DAB chromogen. The evaluation of Fos-TH co-labeled perikarya was performed with the use of computerized Leica light microscope and expressed as the percentage of total amount of TH labeled cells.
Results. From the qualitative point of view, the present data indicate similar anatomical distribution of TH immunoreactive perikarya in all brain structures investigated in both WT and CRH-KO mice, while from the quantitative point of view only TH cells in the DMN of CRH-KO mice showed a trend for increased activation by IMO.
Conclusions. In several hypothalamic structures the basic population of TH neurons was not affected by the absence of endogenous CRH. Based on the data of this study it can also be assumed that despite of the presence of direct reciprocal connections between PVN and DMN neurons, PVN CRH neurons possibly are not participating in the regulation of TH neurons in the DMN during IMO stress.

Keywords: Hypothalamic nuclei – Fos-immunohistochemistry – Tyrosine hydroxylase – Immobilization stress – CRH knockout mice
Year: 2010, Volume: 44, Issue: 3 Page From: 89, Page To: 99
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