The Catecholaminergic Innervation of the Rat Amygdala

  • Esther Asan

Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 142)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Esther Asan
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  3. Esther Asan
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  4. Esther Asan
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  5. Esther Asan
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  6. Esther Asan
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 119-121

About this book


Experimental evidence indicates that catecholamines are able to modulate information processing in the amygdaloid complex. The dense catecholaminergic innervation of the amygdala may thus exert significant influence upon its well-documented functions in emotion, attention, learning and memory. Dysfunctions of the systems have been suggested to be involved in the etiology of neuropsychiatric disorders including senile dementia, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia. To further insight into neural mechanisms of the innervation, the present study provides a detailed documentation of ultrastructural and neurochemical characteristics of dopanminergic, noradrinergic and adrenergic afferent fibers and of their target structures in central, basal and intercalated amygdaloid nuclei. A high degree of heterogeneitiy is observed between the nuclei concerning the different catecholaminergic innervation patterns and the peptide content of individual catecholaminergic fibers, as well as concerning the neurotransmitter/-modulator and receptor expression of possible amygdaloid target neurons. The results are discussed with regard to previously documented properties of the nuclei.


attention catecholamines cell morphology neurochemistry neurons neuropeptides tissue

Authors and affiliations

  • Esther Asan
    • 1
  1. 1.Anatomical InstituteUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-63903-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72085-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-7065
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