Title: Analysis of c-fos and zif268 Expression Reveals Time-Dependent Changes in Activity Inside and Outside the Lesion Projection Zone in Adult Cat Area 17 after Retinal Lesions
Authors: Hu, Tjing-Tjing ×
Laeremans, Annelies
Eysel, Ulf T
Cnops, Lieselotte
Arckens, Lut #
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series Title: Cerebral Cortex vol:19 issue:12 pages:2982-2992
Abstract: Retinal lesions induce a topographic reorganization in the corresponding lesion projection zone (LPZ) in the visual cortex of adult cats. To gain a better insight into the reactivation dynamics, we investigated the alterations in cortical activity throughout area 17. We implemented in situ hybridization and real-time polymerase chain reaction to analyze the spatiotemporal expression patterns of the activity marker genes zif268 and c-fos. The immediate early gene (IEG) data confirmed a strong and permanent activity decrease in the center of the LPZ as previously described by electrophysiology. A recovery of IEG expression was clearly measured in the border of the LPZ. We were able to register reorganization over 2.5-6 mm. We also present evidence that the central retinal lesions concomitantly influence the activity in far peripheral parts of area 17. Its IEG expression levels appeared dependent of time and distance from the LPZ. We therefore propose that coupled changes in activity occur inside and outside the LPZ. In conclusion, alterations in activity reporter gene expression throughout area 17 contribute to the lesion-induced functional reorganization.
ISSN: 1047-3211
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Neuroplasticity and Neuroproteomics (-)
Animal Physiology and Neurobiology Section - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
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