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Bidmon, H.-J. & Stumpf, W. E. (1994) Distribution of target cells for 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 in the brain of the yellow bellied turtle Trachemys scripta. Brain Research, 640 277–285. 
Resource type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1016/0006-8993(94)91883-X
BibTeX citation key: Bidmon1994
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Categories: Englisch = English
Keywords: Reptilien = Reptiles, Schildkröten = Turtles, Vitamin D = Vitamin D
Creators: Bidmon, Stumpf
Collection: Brain Research
Abstract
Five h after injection of tritiated 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 into Trachemys scripta, neurons with nuclear concentrations of radioactivity were identified in distinct regions within the central nervous system. Coinjection of a 100-fold excess of non-labeled 1,25-dihyroxyvitamin D3 abolished or reduced the specific nuclear binding of tracer. Target neurons were present in ventral periventricular brain regions including tuberculum olfactorium, nucleus accumbens, cortex piriformis, primordium hippocampi, nucleus striae terminalis, dorsal ventricular ridge, amygdala, nucleus infundibularis and tectum opticum. With the exception of the nucleus infundibularis and the tectum opticum, target neurons can be continuously followed from the ventrolateral nucleus accumbens throughout the nucleus striae terminalis into the amygdala. The general distribution of target neurons is similar to that described for rodents but more restricted to the above regions. The results show that target neurons for vitamin D are located in brain regions including several components of the limbic and thalamic systems in which gonadal steroids as well as aminergic and peptidergic messengers exert their actions. Vitamin D, the heliogenic steroid hormone, may therefore be involved in the orchestration of season-specific processes such as reproduction and related behaviors.

Keywords: Vitamin D receptor; Steroid hormone; Central nervous system; Choroid plexus; Turtle; Reptilia; Autoradiography
  
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