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Calretinin-like immunoreactivity in the optic tectum of the tench (Tinca tinca L.).

The distribution of calretinin-like immunopositive cells and fibers in the optic tectum of the tench (Tinca tinca) was studied by using a polyclonal antibody and the avidin-biotin-peroxidase technique. A clear laminated pattern of calretinin-like immunoreactivity was observed. The stratum periventriculare demonstrated a large number of strongly labeled cells whereas in the strata album centrale and griseum centrale, and at the boundary between the strata griseum centrale and fibrosum et griseum superficiale, some scarce, weakly immunostained cells were observed. No immunoreactive cells were seen in the strata fibrosum et griseum superficiale, opticum and marginale. Cells belonging to neuronal types X and XIV, previously characterized using Golgi impregnation, were found to be calretinin-like immunoreactive. Most calretinin-like immunopositive fibers were found in the strata fibrosum et griseum superficiale and opticum with a distribution pattern similar to retinotectal axons in these layers. In agreement with previous biochemical studies, our data suggest that, by contrast to all other classes of vertebrates, instead of calretinin and calbindin D-28k, only one protein is present in teleosts. Nevertheless, the calretinin-like immunostaining pattern in the teleost optic tectum was more complex than that previously described for calbindin D-28k. When compared to the calretinin-immunostaining in the rat superior colliculus, it is evident the presence in both amniotes and anamniotes of calretinin-immunopositive retinotectal axons. However, the distribution patterns of intrinsic calretinin-immunoreactive cells were different.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


  1. Calretinin-like immunoreactivity in the optic tectum of the tench (Tinca tinca L.). Arévalo, R., Alonso, J.R., Porteros, A., Briñón, J.G., Crespo, C., Lara, J., Aijón, J. Brain Res. (1995) [Pubmed]
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