Three-plane description of astroglial populations of OVLT subdivisions in rat: Tanycyte connections to distant parts of third ventricle

Mihály Kálmán, Erzsébet Oszwald, Károly Pócsai

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This study demonstrates glial and gliovascular markers of organon vasculosum laminae terminalis (OVLT) in three planes. The distribution of glial markers displayed similarities to the subfornical organ. There was an inner part with vimentin- and nestin-immunopositive glia whereas GFAP and the water-channel aquaporin 4 were found at the periphery. This separation indicates different functions of the two regions. The presence of nestin may indicate stem cell-capabilities whereas aquaporin 4 has been reported to promote the osmoreceptor function. Glutamine synthetase immunoreactivity was sparse like in the area postrema and subfornical organ. The laminin and β-dystroglycan immunolabelings altered along the vessels such as in the subfornical organ indicating altering gliovascular relations. The different subdivisions of OVLT received glial processes of different origins. The posterior periventricular zone contained short vimentin-immunopositive processes from the ependyma of the adjacent surface of the third ventricle. The lateral periventricular zone received forceps-like process systems from the anterolateral part of the third ventricle. Most interestingly, the “dorsal cap” received a mixed group of long GFAP- and vimentin-immunopositive processes from a distant part of the third ventricle. The processes may have two functions: a guidance for newly produced cells like radial glia in immature brain and/or a connection between distant parts of the third ventricle and OVLT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2793-2812
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Comparative Neurology
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019



  • GFAP
  • RRID:AB 10013382
  • RRID:AB 141708
  • RRID:AB 142924
  • RRID:AB 228357
  • RRID:AB 2536180
  • RRID:AB 258,270
  • RRID:AB 350537
  • RRID:AB 397880
  • RRID:AB 442043
  • RRID:AB 477163
  • RRID:AB 563739
  • RRID:AB 94911
  • aquaporin 4
  • dystroglycan
  • laminin
  • nestin
  • vimentin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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