Cell and tissue research vol:215 issue:1 pages:41-5
A light microscopic immunocytochemical study of the brain of frogs with hypothalamic lesions was performed in order to obtain evidence concerning the origin of somatostatin fibers in the median eminence and neural lobe of the hypophysis. The results indicate that the somatostatin fibers of the neural lobe originate from somatostatin perikarya located in the prechiasmatic part of the hypothalamus and possibly also in the telencephalon. The somatostatin neurons of the pars ventralis tuberis cinerei do not send axons to the neural lobe. The frog median eminence contains axon terminals of somatostatin neurons located in the pars ventralis of the tuber cinereum. Many other somatostatin fibers of the frog median eminence originate from somatostatin neurons located outside the tuber cinereum. Most of these neurons probably lie in the preoptic hypothalamic region.