GABA-immunoreactive basal forebrain afferents innervate GABA-immunoreactive non-pyramidal cells in the cerebral cortex of the lizard podarcis hispanica

F. J. Martínez-Guijarro, T. Freund

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The basal forebrain projection to the cerebral cortex was studied in the lizard Podarcis hispanica by anterograde transport of Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin. After injections of the lectin into the septal-basal forebrain area, Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin-labelled fibres were mainly detected in the outer plexiform layer of the medial cortex and in the inner plexiform layer of the dorsal and dorsomedial cortices. Ultrathin sections from these areas were obtained and processed for postembedding immunogold staining for GABA. Most of the Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin-labelled boutons in the dorsal and dorsomedial cortical areas were GABA immunoreactive and all the double-labelled boutons established symmetric synaptic contacts on cell bodies and dendrites that were also found to be GABA immunoreactive in all cases. In contrast, Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin-labelled varicosities in the outer plexiform layer of the medial cortex made asymmetric synaptic contacts on GABA-immunonegative profiles and they were themselves negative for GABA. In double-labelled sections, GABA-, calbinclin D28k-and neuropeptide Y-immunoreactive neurons were found to be innervated by multiple Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin-labelled varicosities in the dorsal and dorsomedial cortical areas, whereas in the medial cortex Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin-labelled fibres were not observed in contact with any subpopulation of GABAergic cells. The results demonstrate that in lizards the septal-basal forebrain projection to the cortex has a GABAergic component, which selectively terminates on GABAergic non-pyramidal cells inclucling the neuropeptide Y- and the calbinclin D28k-containing subpopulations. This synaptic organization is remarkably similar to that in mammals, and suggests that the mechanisms of control of the cortical activity by the basal forebrain have been highly preserved during phylogeny.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-437
Number of pages13
JournalNeuroscience
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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Lizards
Cerebral Cortex
gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
Neuropeptide Y
Phylogeny
Dendrites
Lectins
plants leukoagglutinins
Basal Forebrain
Mammals
Staining and Labeling
Neurons
Injections

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GABA-immunoreactive basal forebrain afferents innervate GABA-immunoreactive non-pyramidal cells in the cerebral cortex of the lizard podarcis hispanica. / Martínez-Guijarro, F. J.; Freund, T.

In: Neuroscience, Vol. 51, No. 2, 1992, p. 425-437.

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