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Neuronal-Glial and Synaptic Plasticity in the Adult Oxytocinergic System

  • D. T. Theodosis
  • D. A. Poulain
  • C. Montagnese
  • J. D. Vincent


The magnocellular neurones that secrete oxytocin occur in the same hypothalamic regions in which one also finds the neurones secreting vasopressin (mainly the supraoptic (NSO) and paraventricular nuclei (PVN)). Nevertheless, it is possible to differentiate the two populations anatomically (see, for example, Rhodes et al., 1981; Theodosis et al., 1986 a), because of their different peptide content, and physiologically (see Poulain and Wakerley, 1982), on the basis of their different behaviour in response to various stimuli to hormone release.


Structural Plasticity Supraoptic Nucleus Glial Process Magnocellular Neurone Magnocellular Nucleus 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. T. Theodosis
    • 1
  • D. A. Poulain
    • 1
  • C. Montagnese
    • 1
  • J. D. Vincent
    • 1
  1. 1.I.N.S.E.R.M. U.176Université de Bordeaux IIBordeauxFrance

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