Neural Plasticity

Neural Plasticity / 1997 / Article

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Volume 6 |Article ID 158687 |

Maciej Poltorak, Jamesine R. Williams, Kraig D. Moore, Willam J. Freed, "Changes in L1 Antigen Expression in the Rat Striatum After Substantia Nigra Lesions", Neural Plasticity, vol. 6, Article ID 158687, 4 pages, 1997.

Changes in L1 Antigen Expression in the Rat Striatum After Substantia Nigra Lesions


L1 antigen promotes neurite outgrowth from dopaminergic neurons in tissue culture. In the present study, we examined the effects of dopaminergic deafferentation of the striatum on L1 expression. In the medial-periventricular part of the striatum, both complete and partial substantia nigra (SN) lesions decreased L1 expression. Complete lesions increased L1 expression in the dorso-medial and ventrolateral parts of the striatum on the lesioned side when compared with that on the non-lesioned side. The decrease in the ventro-lateral area was maintained in animals examined three months after the lesioning. Animals with partial SN lesions showed a different pattern of altered L1 expression. After frontal cortex lesions, changes in L1 expression also occur preferentially in the dorso-medial and periventricular striatum. Therefore, the results indicate a complex regulation of L1 expression after damage of striatal circuitry, manifested by a preferential occurrence of changes in periventricular regions.

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