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Neuroscience

Quantitative autoradiographic study of somatostatin receptors in the adult human cerebellum.


PMID 7845591

Abstract

The evolution of the distribution and density of somatostatin receptors was studied in the human cerebellum during ageing. The brain tissues were collected 3-30 h after death from 20 individuals aged from 28 to 86 years. In vitro autoradiographic experiments were performed on blocks of vermis and of right and left cerebellar hemispheres, using [125I-Tyr0,DTrp8]S14 as a radioligand. In the vermis, the mean concentrations of somatostatin receptors in the molecular layer, the granular layer and the medulla were 140 +/- 9, 150 +/- 22 and 61 +/- 13 fmol/mg proteins, respectively. For each individual, the density of sites in the two lateral lobes was similar. The mean concentrations of somatostatin receptors in the molecular layer, the granular layer and the medulla were 152 +/- 17, 190 +/- 20 and 56 +/- 11 fmol/mg proteins, respectively. The mean level of somatostatin receptors and the type of distribution of the receptors were not correlated to the age of the patients. Different distribution patterns of somatostatin receptors were noted among the patients studied. In the majority of patients (11/20), the density of somatostatin receptors was higher in the granular layer than in the molecular layer. Conversely, in four patients, the density of somatostatin receptors was higher in the molecular layer. The other individuals exhibited similar concentrations of somatostatin receptors in the granular and molecular layers. The present study indicates that the adult human cerebellum contains a high concentration of somatostatin receptors (> 100 fmol/mg proteins) and that the receptor level does not decline during ageing.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)