Application of the glyoxylic acid method to Vibratome sections for the improved visualization of central catecholamine neurons

Abstract

The glyoxylic acid fluorescence histochemical method for the visualization of neuronal monoamines has been applied to fresh or glyoxylic acid-perfused brain tissue, sectioned with the Vibratome intrument. This technique demonstrates the central noradrenaline and dopamine neuron systems with a sensitivity and richness in details that is superior to the standard Falck-Hillarp formaldehyde method, as observed in the following three ways: First, the entire axon, including the non-terminal portions, became fluorescent; second, more extensive terminal systems were detected in certain brain regions ; third, due to the absence of diffusion, the delicate dopamine-containing fibres in e. g. the caudate nucleus and the median eminence had a distinct fluorescence. It is concluded that the glyoxylic acid method applied to Vibratome sections should be ideal for precise and detailed neuroanatomical studies on central catecholamine neuron systems.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00303662

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@article{Lindvall1973ApplicationOT, title={Application of the glyoxylic acid method to Vibratome sections for the improved visualization of central catecholamine neurons}, author={Olle Lindvall and Anders Bj{\"{o}rklund and Tomas G M H{\"{o}kfelt and {\AA}ke Ljungdahl}, journal={Histochemie}, year={1973}, volume={35}, pages={31-38} }