Title: Neurofilament protein: A selective marker for the architectonic parcellation of the visual cortex in adult cat brain
Authors: Van der Gucht, Estel ×
Vandesande, Frans
Arckens, Lut #
Issue Date: Dec-2001
Publisher: Wiley-liss
Series Title: Journal of Comparative Neurology vol:441 issue:4 pages:345-368
Abstract: In this immunocytochemical study, we examined the expression profile of neurofilament protein in the cat visual system. We have used SMI-32, a monoclonal antibody that recognizes a nonphosphorylated epitope on the medium- and high-molecular-weight subunits of neurofilament proteins. This antibody labels primarily the cell body and dendrites of pyramidal neurons in cortical layers III, V, and VI. Neurofilament protein-immunoreactive neurons were prominent in 20 visual cortical areas (areas 17, 18, 19, 20a, 20b, 21a, 21b, and 7; posteromedial lateral, posterolateral lateral, anteromedial lateral, anterolateral lateral, dorsal lateral, ventral lateral, and posterior suprasylvian areas; anterior ectosylvian, the splenial, the cingulate, and insular visual areas; and the anterolateral gyrus area). In addition, we have also found strong immunopositive cells in the A laminae of the dorsal part of the lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) and in the medial interlaminar nucleus, but no immunoreactive cells were present in the parvocellular C (1-3) laminae of the dLGN, in the ventral part of the LGN and in the perigeniculate nucleus. This SMI-32 antibody against neurofilament protein revealed a characteristic pattern of immunostaining in each visual area. The size, shape, intensity, and density of neurofilament protein-immunoreactive neurons and their dendritic arborization differed substantially across all visual areas. Moreover, it was also obvious that several visual areas showed differences in laminar distribution and that such profiles may be used to delineate various cortical areas. Therefore, the expression of neurofilament protein can be used as a specific marker to define areal patterns and topographic boundaries in the cat visual system. (C) 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
ISSN: 0021-9967
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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