Fetal frontal cortex from 18-d-old embryonic rat brain was transplanted into cavities of juvenile host motor/sensory cortex. Two to seven months later, sections were reacted for NADPH-diaphorase (NADPH-d) enzyme histochemistry. NADPH-d-positive neurons survived in 11 of 13 grafts. All but one of the transplants had reduced numbers of these neurons, although in 3 transplants the reductions were moderate and not statistically significant. The distribution and morphology of NADPH-d neurons within most grafts was comparable to that of NADPH-d neurons in normal host cortex. At the margin of the 2 transplants with no NADPH-d neuronal perikarya, NADPH-d fibers crossed from host to transplant as far as a millimeter into the transplant, and on rare occasions, the host neurons that gave rise to these fibers were identified. This suggests that host-transplant interactions are possible. One transplant had an abnormally large number of NADPH-d-positive neurons and fibers, possibly due to selective survival of these neurons. The data reported here for NADPH-d in cortical transplants may also apply to neuropeptide Y (NPY), since nearly all neocortical NPY neurons also contain NADPH-d.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Neuroscience|
|State||Published - Oct 1987|
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