By Lazaros C. Triarhou
This publication is the fruits of fifteen years of study at the transplantation of dopaminergic neurons within the striatum of the weaver mouse (wv/wv), a neurological mutant characterized
through genetically-determined degeneration of midbrain dopamine neurons. This mutant constitutes the single to be had laboratory version with a protracted disease that mimics Parkinson's disorder. Structural and useful features of
intrastriatal mesencephalic neuron grafting into the weaver version are reviewed, together with histochemical correlates of graft survival and integration, numerical features of donor telephone survival, ultrastructural findings on
synaptogenesis, neurochemical indices of dopamine uptake and receptor binding, gene expression of structural and neurotransmitter-receptor similar molecules, degrees of striatal amino acid receptors, and behavioural results of
unilateral and bilateral neuronal transplantations.
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Chapter 6). In studies with mesencephalic grafts into a preformed surgical cavity and survival times of four to five months after transplantation,10,13,14 donor tissue was situated in the forebrain cavity, lying over the head of the caudate-putamen complex and contained an estimated 100-1000 TH immunoreactive neurons. Grafted TH immunoreactive neurons reached 10-20 µm in diameter. Dendrites and axons emanated from the neuronal somata, making the neuropil of the grafts appear rich with a dense network of TH-immunolabeled fibers.
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