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The amygdaloid complex of the rabbit - morphological and histochemical study

Hanna Jagalska-Majewska, Jerzy Dziewiątkowski, Sławomir Wójcik, Anna Łuczyńska, Renata Kurlapska, Janusz Moryś
Folia Morphol 2001;60(4):259-280.

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Vol 60, No 4 (2001)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2001-08-10
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The aim of the present paper is to describe the morphology and topography of the nuclei of the amygdaloid complex in the rabbit. In the current study we also investigated the intensity of the enzymatic reaction for acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in the amygdaloid complex and the morphology of its neurones. Material consisted of 5 brains of adult New Zealand rabbit, stained either with cresyl violet or for AChE activity. Although, as in other mammals, the rabbit amygdala consists of two main nuclear groups (corticomedial and basolateral), it reveals a peculiar morphology pattern, forming a transition structure between those observed in the cat and rat. Especially characteristic is the arrangement of the basolateral complex. Within that the ventromedial division of the lateral nucleus seems to be the largest, while its dorsolateral division - the smallest. The arrangement of the corticomedial complex in the rabbit is similar to both the cat and rat. In the rabbit the highest acetylcholinesterase activity is found in the basolateral nucleus and the nucleus of the lateral olfactory tract. The lowest AChE staining is observed in the cortical and medial nuclei, amygdalohippocampal and anterior amygdaloid areas and intercalated masses.

Abstract

The aim of the present paper is to describe the morphology and topography of the nuclei of the amygdaloid complex in the rabbit. In the current study we also investigated the intensity of the enzymatic reaction for acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in the amygdaloid complex and the morphology of its neurones. Material consisted of 5 brains of adult New Zealand rabbit, stained either with cresyl violet or for AChE activity. Although, as in other mammals, the rabbit amygdala consists of two main nuclear groups (corticomedial and basolateral), it reveals a peculiar morphology pattern, forming a transition structure between those observed in the cat and rat. Especially characteristic is the arrangement of the basolateral complex. Within that the ventromedial division of the lateral nucleus seems to be the largest, while its dorsolateral division - the smallest. The arrangement of the corticomedial complex in the rabbit is similar to both the cat and rat. In the rabbit the highest acetylcholinesterase activity is found in the basolateral nucleus and the nucleus of the lateral olfactory tract. The lowest AChE staining is observed in the cortical and medial nuclei, amygdalohippocampal and anterior amygdaloid areas and intercalated masses.
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Keywords

amygdala; rabbit; acetylcholinesterase and morphology

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Title

The amygdaloid complex of the rabbit - morphological and histochemical study

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 60, No 4 (2001)

Pages

259-280

Published online

2001-08-10

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2001;60(4):259-280.

Keywords

amygdala
rabbit
acetylcholinesterase and morphology

Authors

Hanna Jagalska-Majewska
Jerzy Dziewiątkowski
Sławomir Wójcik
Anna Łuczyńska
Renata Kurlapska
Janusz Moryś

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