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Uwe Homberg, Jutta Seyfarth, Ulrike Binkle, Maria Monastirioti and Mark J. Alkema Identification of distinct tyraminergic and octopaminergic neurons innervating the central complex of the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria Journal of Comparative Neurology 521

Version of Record online: 18 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cne.23269

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To analyze the neurochemical organization of the central complex (CC), a brain area involved in sky compass orientation in desert locusts, we identified neurons immunoreactive with antisera against octopamine, its precursor tyramine, and the enzymes required for their synthesis, tyrosine decarboxylase (TDC), and tyramine β-hydroxylase. Comparison of the staining patterns obtained with these four antisera suggests that distinct populations of neurons innervating the central complex are tyraminergic and octopaminergic.

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