Nicoletta Aste

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Vasotocin (VT, the antidiuretic hormone of birds) is synthesized by diencephalic magnocellular neurons projecting to the neurohypophysis. In addition, in male quail and in other oscine and non-oscine birds, a sexually dimorphic group of VT-immunoreactive (ir) parvocellular neurons is located in a region homologous to the mammalian nucleus of the stria(More)
A number of studies have been devoted to the analysis of the anatomical distribution, control by steroids and functional significance of aromatase (the enzyme metabolizing testosterone into 17beta-estradiol) in the quail brain. In particular, the sexually dimorphic nucleus preopticus medialis has been the main focus of investigation because testosterone(More)
The distribution of vasotocin (VT)-immunoreactive (IR) fibers was described in the preoptic and septal regions of the male quail brain. The density of VT-IR fibers was measured in the sexually dimorphic preoptic nucleus (POM) and lateral septum (SL) of adult male quail (Coturnix japonica) by means of quantitative image analysis. Experimental manipulations(More)
The distribution of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH)-diaphorase activity was histochemically investigated in the Japanese quail brain. This enzyme is now considered responsible for the synthesis of nitric oxide, a novel neural messenger whose distribution has not been described in the avian brain until now. The histochemical(More)
Detailed anatomical studies about the distribution of arginine-vasotocin (AVT) gene expressing neurons in the avian brain are so far non-existent. Most of the investigations are limited to discrete brain nuclei in the chicken and concern particular experimental conditions. Since no data on AVT gene expression are up to now available in Japanese quail, we(More)
The nucleus intercollicularis in quail is implicated in the control of a number of vocalizations. It is also a target structure for steroids and includes high numbers of cells containing androgen and estrogen receptors. We recently demonstrated that in another steroid target, the medial preoptic nucleus, the effects of testosterone are paralleled by(More)
The volume and cytoarchitectonic organization of the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus (POM) of the quail are sensitive to plasma levels of testosterone (T). We previously showed that, in castrated quail, T or its estrogenic metabolite, estradiol (E2), increases the size of the large neurons located in the lateral part of POM. Embryonic treatments(More)
The presence and topographical localization of the serotoninergic system in the brain of the Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) have been studied by means of peroxidase-anti-peroxidase immunocytochemistry. The perimeter, diameter, area, and shape factor of immunoreactive cells have been recorded and analyzed morphometrically for intra- and(More)
The distribution of cells and fibres containing vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) and substance P (SP) was investigated in the brain of Japanese quail focussing on the centers involved in reproductive activities. SP-immunoreactive (ir) structures were chiefly present within the ventral telencephalic regions, the periventricular hypothalamus and the(More)