Journal article

Axonal sprouting following lesions of the rat substantia nigra

DI Finkelstein, D Stanic, CL Parish, D Tomas, K Dickson, MK Horne

Neuroscience | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2000


Parkinson's disease is characterized by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. Symptoms do not appear until most nigral neurons are lost, implying that compensatory mechanisms are present. Sprouting has been proposed as one of these mechanisms. This study quantified the extent of compensatory axonal sprouting following injury of dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra pars compacta. Specifically, the extent of the axonal arbour and axonal varicosity morphology was measured after partial destruction (with 6-hydroxydopamine) of the substantia nigra of the adult male rat. Four months later, the substantia nigra was injected with the anterogr..

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