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Pundir, AS and Singh, UA and Ahuja, N and Makhija, S and Dikshit, PC and Radotra, B and Kumar, P and Shankar, SK and Mahadevan, A and Roy, TS and Iyengar, S (2016) Growth and refinement of excitatory synapses in the human auditory cortex. Brain Struct Funct, 221 (7). pp. 3641-3674.

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We had earlier demonstrated a neurofilament-rich plexus of axons in the presumptive human auditory cortex during fetal development which became adult-like during infancy. To elucidate the origin of these axons, we studied the expression of the vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUT) 1 and 2 in the human auditory cortex at different stages of development. While VGLUT-1 expression predominates in intrinsic and cortico-cortical synapses, VGLUT-2 expression predominates in thalamocortical synapses. Levels of VGLUT-2 mRNA were higher in the auditory cortex before birth compared to postnatal development. In contrast, levels of VGLUT-1 mRNA were low before birth and increased during postnatal development to peak during childhood and then began to decrease in adolescence. Both VGLUT-1 and VGLUT-2 proteins were present in the human auditory cortex as early as 15GW. Further, immunohistochemistry revealed that the supra- and infragranular layers were more immunoreactive for VGLUT-1 compared to that in Layer IV at 34GW and this pattern was maintained until adulthood. As for VGLUT-1 mRNA, VGLUT-1 synapses increased in density between prenatal development and childhood in the human auditory cortex after which they appeared to undergo attrition or pruning. The adult pattern of VGLUT-2 immunoreactivity (a dense band of VGLUT-2-positive terminals in Layer IV) also began to appear in the presumptive Heschl's gyrus at 34GW. The density of VGLUT-2-positive puncta in Layer IV increased between prenatal development and adolescence, followed by a decrease in adulthood, suggesting that thalamic axons which innervate the human auditory cortex undergo pruning comparatively late in development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neuro-Oncological Disorders
Neurocognitive Processes
Neuronal Development and Regeneration
Informatics and Imaging
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Depositing User: Mr D.D. Lal
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 05:59
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 04:59
URI: http://nbrc.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/217

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