M el Majdoubi

Learn More
Despite several studies showing that the rat supraoptic (SON) and paraventricular (PVN) nuclei are innervated by noradrenergic afferents, the respective contribution of these inputs to the oxytocinergic and vasopressinergic neuronal populations remains to be clearly defined. In the present study, we used the unbiased disector method to estimate the(More)
The present ultrastructural study analysed the distribution of glutamatergic synapses on oxytocin- and vasopressin-secreting neurons in the rat supraoptic nucleus (SON) after post-embedding immunogold labelling for glutamate immunoreactivity, visible over synaptic-like vesicles, mitochondria and synaptic densities. Double labelling for glutamate and GABA(More)
The adult oxytocinergic system undergoes extensive synaptic and neuronal-glial remodelling in response to differing conditions of secretion and has become a remarkable example of activity-dependent structural plasticity in the adult mammalian brain. Under stimulation (parturition, lactation, chronic dehydration), glial coverage of oxytocin neurons is(More)
The disector, an unbiased stereological method for evaluation of synaptic densities, was used to analyse putative GABA and glutamate innervations of the supraoptic nucleus of virgin and lactating rats. The analysis was performed on ultrathin sections labelled for either of the amino acids with a postembedding immunogold technique. Our observations showed(More)
Oxytocin and vasopressin neurons, located in the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus, send their axons to the neurohypophysis where the neurohormones are released directly into the general circulation. Hormone release depends on the electrical activity of the neurons, which in turn is regulated by different afferent inputs. During(More)
  • 1