Measurement of Expression of the Vasopressin and Oxytocin Genes in Single Neurons by In Situ Hybridization

  • Joseph T. McCabe
  • Joan I. Morrell
  • Donald W. Pfaff
Part of the Biochemical Endocrinology book series (BIOEND)


Methods required for optimization of the in situ hybridization technique vary according to the message, the probe, the tissue used, and the regulatory question asked. There are independent technical dimensions which must be considered for discovering how to optimize each methodological step for a given experiment. Here, we offer a general outline of technical parameters that should be considered to optimize signal. This review is offered as an overview of relevant procedural principles in light of the extensive parametric reports of in situ hybridization (Bauman, et al., 1984; Brahic & Haase, 1978; Cox, et al., 1984; Gee & Roberts, 1983; Godard & Jones, 1979; Haase, et al., 1984; Henderson, 1982; Lawrence & Singer, 1985; McCabe, et al., 1985b,c; Pardue & Gall, 1975; Schachter, et al., 1985). Various investigators often report seemingly contradictory findings: these may have their basis in what tissue and probe are under study.


Supraoptic Nucleus Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus Regulatory Question Magnocellular Neuron Prehybridization Buffer 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph T. McCabe
    • 1
  • Joan I. Morrell
    • 1
  • Donald W. Pfaff
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurobiology & BehaviorThe Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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