Preferential neurotoxicity of colchicine for granule cells of the dentate gyrus of the adult rat.

Injections of 5-7 microgram (6-9 nmol) of colchicine into the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus of mature rats result in widespread destruction of dentate granule cells with little, if any, damage to other cell populations, including hippocampal pyramidal cells. Selective destruction of dentate granule cells is also observed after intraventricular injections… (More)