Development of vasopressin neurons in the human suprachiasmatic nucleus in relation to birth.


The number of neurons expressing vasopressin (AVP) was determined in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus of 41 human subjects ranging in age from 27 weeks of gestation up to 30 years of age. At term, i.e. at 38-42 weeks of gestation, the fetal SCN is still immature, since it then contains only about 13% of the adult number of AVP… (More)


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