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María García-Amado and Lucía Prensa Distribution of dopamine transporter immunoreactive fibers in the human amygdaloid complex European Journal of Neuroscience 38

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12358

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Dopamine in the amygdaloid complex (AC) is necessary for fear conditioning and response to aversive stimuli. This quantitative study of the length of dopamine transporter (DAT) immunoreactive fibers demonstrates that every human AC nuclei receives selective dopaminergic innervation, reaching the highest density in the central nucleus, the main AC output station. Overall, the most densely DAT-positive fiber innervated AC nuclei receive strong projections from the ventral mesencephalon.

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