Neurotransmitters in the Amygdala: A Brief Review

  • P. C. Emson
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 16)

Abstract

At a major conference on the amygdala held in 1972 (Elefethriou 1972) the total number of putative transmitters known to be present in the amygdala was three. These were noradrenaline, serotonin and acetylcholine (Eidelberg and Woodbury 1972). Only in the case of the cholinergic system, where acetylcholinesterase staining had been carried out (Shute and Lewis, 1967) was there any data on regional distribution within the amygdala. Since this date a number of studies, primarily in the rat, have examined the distribution of neurotransmitters within the amygdala. In this brief review an attempt has been made to summarize recent data from our laboratory on the amino acid distribution in the rat amygdala and also to present data on the distribution of putative peptide neurotransmitters within the amygdala.

Keywords

Dopamine Glycine Histamine Glutamine Noradrenaline 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. C. Emson
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit, Dept. of PharmacologyMedical SchoolCambridgeEngland

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