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Despite its critical sociobiological importance, the brain processing of visual sexual stimuli has not been characterized precisely in human beings. We used Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to investigate responses of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in nine healthy males presented with visual sexual stimuli of graded intensity. Statistical Parametric(More)
Adequate fixative in immunohistochemistry requires not only a rapid and total immobilization of the antigen, but also a sufficient preservation of its immunoreactivity and maintenance of its accessibility to the immunochemical reagents for localization. Thus, the optimal fixation condition for a specific antigen necessitates a compromise between these(More)
The possibility of a GABAergic innervation of the nucleus raphe dorsalis (NRD) has been investigated by using the following approaches: (i) the identification of the principal neuronal groups afferent to the NDR by using horseradish peroxidase retrograde transport, (ii) the determination of glutamate decarboxylase activity (GAD) in the NRD after lesioning(More)
Light-and electron-microscopic radioautographic studies were carried out in rats after intraventricular injection of [3H]GABAergic elements in the subcommissural organ (SCO). This amino acid is specifically accumulated in SCO ependymocytes and numerous nerve terminals and fibres. Some labelled terminals contain clear round vesicles and large granular(More)
Differential pulse voltammetry with electrochemically treated carbon fiber electrodes was used to study, in anesthetized rats, the alterations of the striatal electrochemical signal appearing at +300 mV (peak 3), following pharmacological manipulation of the animals. Decreases in peak 3 were obtained after injections of NSD 1015, Ro 4-4602 and Clorgyline.(More)
The in vivo behavior of 4-(2'-methoxyphenyl)-1-[2'-[N-(2"-pyridinyl)-p-[(18)F]fluorobenzamido ]ethyl]-piperazine (p-[(18)F]MPPF), a new serotonin 5-HT(1A) antagonist, was studied in awake, freely moving rats. Biodistribution studies showed that the carbon-fluorine bond was stable in vivo, that this compound was able to cross the blood-brain barrier, and(More)
The origin of the serotoninergic innervation of the rat subcommissural organ was studied using radioautography of tritiated serotonin and biochemical determination of endogenous serotonin content after electrolytic lesions of raphe nuclei. The results suggest that this innervation is mainly derived from nuclei raphe centralis superior and raphe dorsalis,(More)
A specific and sensitive double immunocytochemical staining for the visualization of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) and serotonin (5-HT) on the same brain section is developed. GAD is detected with specific GAD-antibodies by means of the unlabeled antibody enzyme, peroxidase anti-peroxidase, and serotonin with an antibody against the BSA-serotonin conjugate(More)
By chronically implanting a glass micropipette filled with tritiated leucine in the raphe centralis superior of the rat, the projection of this nucleus was traced by radioautography. The majority of the ascending projections were located within the ventral tegmental area and, further rostrally, the median forebrain bundle. Along the course of this bundle(More)
No-carrier-added 4-[18F]fluoro-N-[2-[1-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1 piperazinyl]ethyl-N-2-pyridinyl-benzamide (p-[18F]MPPF) was synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the corresponding nitro compound in the presence of Kryptofix 222 and K2CO3 by microwave heating (3 min, 500 W) using a remotely controlled radiosynthesis. Baseline separation of p-[18F]MPPF from(More)