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Keywords:

  • somatostatin;
  • glutamic acid decarboxylase;
  • immunocytochemistry;
  • thalamic reticular nucleus;
  • primate

Abstract

Immunocytochemical methods were used to compare the distributions of somatostatin-14 (SOM) and glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) in the medial and lateral tiers of the visual sector of the thalamic reticular nucleus in the bushbaby, Galago. As expected, all of the neurons in the visual sector were immunoreactive for GAD, the synthesizing enzyme for GABA, but the distribution of SOM-immunoreactive cells was not uniform. It appeared that every cell in the medial tier was immunoreactive for SOM, but that very few cells in the lateral tier contained this neuropeptide. The significance of the difference in reticular neuron SOM content could be related to the functional differences between the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus, which is connected reciprocally with the lateral tier, and the pulvinar nucleus, which is connected reciprocally with the medial tier.