RGD Reference Report - Vesicular glutamate transporter 3-immunoreactive pericellular baskets ensheath a distinct population of neurons in the lateral septum. - Rat Genome Database

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Vesicular glutamate transporter 3-immunoreactive pericellular baskets ensheath a distinct population of neurons in the lateral septum.

Authors: Riedel, A  Westerholz, S  Braun, K  Edwards, RH  Arendt, T  Hartig, W 
Citation: Riedel A, etal., J Chem Neuroanat. 2008 Dec;36(3-4):177-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2008.06.003. Epub 2008 Jun 19.
RGD ID: 9999159
Pubmed: PMID:18611437   (View Abstract at PubMed)
PMCID: PMC2846456   (View Article at PubMed Central)
DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.jchemneu.2008.06.003   (Journal Full-text)

The lateral septum (LS) plays a role in the adjustment of behavioral responses according to environmental demands. This is a complex integrative process wherein a variety of modulatory systems, i.e. cholinergic, dopaminergic and serotonergic projections forming pericellular baskets around LS neurons, are involved. Recently, vesicular glutamate transporter 3 (VGLUT3)-immunoreactive (-ir) structures outlining unlabeled somata and their proximal dendrites were described in the LS. However, the vesicular transporters for acetylcholine and GABA were not or only rarely co-expressed with VGLUT3. In this study, the morphology and distribution of these VGLUT3-ir structures were systematically analyzed revealing that (1) they form distinct pericellular baskets (PBs) displaying variable shapes, (2) they are arranged in a layer-like pattern similar to the terminals of other modulatory systems, (3) beside a few exceptions (e.g., choline acetyltransferase), they are generally not or very sparsely co-localized with other neurochemical markers characterizing major neuron populations or afferent systems of the LS, i.e. calcium-binding proteins, tyrosine hydroxylase, tryptophan hydroxylase, vesicular glutamate transporters 1 (VGLUT1) and 2 (VGLUT2) and the vesicular GABA transporter. Thus, in the LS, a separate population of neurons is covered by VGLUT3-ir PBs. The distribution pattern and the lack of co-localization indicate that the VGLUT3-expressing cells of origin are located in the brainstem and that they could be pure glutamatergic projection neurons-different from the well-defined canonical VGLUT1- and VGLUT2-expressing neurons. Alternatively, they could simultaneously express VGLUT3 and second transmitter, but use different release sites inside the LS for both.

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Cellular Component

Object SymbolSpeciesTermQualifierEvidenceWithNotesSourceOriginal Reference(s)
Slc17a6Ratpericellular basket  IDA  RGD 
Slc17a8Ratpericellular basket  IDA  RGD 

Objects Annotated

Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Slc17a6  (solute carrier family 17 member 6)
Slc17a8  (solute carrier family 17 member 8)

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