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The orbitofrontal cortex projects to the parvafox nucleus of the ventrolateral hypothalamus and to its targets in the ventromedial periaqueductal grey matter

Babalian, Alexandre ; Eichenberger, Simone ; Bilella, Alessandro ; Girard, Franck ; Szabolcsi, Viktoria ; Roccaro, Diana ; Alvarez-Bolado, Gonzalo ; Xu, Chun ; Celio, Marco R.

In: Brain Structure and Function, 2019, vol. 224, no. 1, p. 293–314

Although connections between the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC)—the seat of high cognitive functions—the lateral hypothalamus and the periaqueductal grey (PAG) have been recognized in the past, the precise targets of the descending fibres have not been identified. In the present study, viral tracer-transport experiments revealed neurons of the lateral (LO) and the ventrolateral (VLO) OFC...

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Parvalbumin-expressing ependymal cells in rostral lateral ventricle wall adhesions contribute to aging-related ventricle stenosis in mice

Filice, Federica ; Celio, Marco R. ; Babalian, Alexandre ; Blum, Walter ; Szabolcsi, Viktoria

In: Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2017, vol. 525, no. 15, p. 3266–3285

Aging-associated ependymal-cell pathologies can manifest as ventricular gliosis, ventricle enlargement, or ventricle stenosis. Ventricle stenosis and fusion of the lateral ventricle (LV) walls is associated with a massive decline of the proliferative capacities of the stem cell niche in the affected subventricular zone (SVZ) in aging mice. We examined the brains of adult C57BL/6 mice and...

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Reduction in 50-kHz call-numbers and suppression of tickling-associated positive affective behaviour after lesioning of the lateral hypothalamic parvafox nucleus in rats

Roccaro-Waldmeyer, Diana M. ; Babalian, Alexandre ; Müller, Annelies ; Celio, Marco R.

In: Behavioural Brain Research, 2016, vol. 298, Part B, p. 167–180

The parvafox nucleus is located ventrolaterally in the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA). Its core and shell are composed of neurons expressing the calcium-binding protein parvalbumin (PV) and the transcription factor Foxb1, respectively. Given the known functions of the LHA and that the parvafox nucleus receives afferents from the lateral orbitofrontal cortex and projects to the periaqueductal...

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Efferent connections of the parvalbumin-positive (PV1) nucleus in the lateral hypothalamus of rodents

Celio, Marco R. ; Babalian, Alexandre ; Ha, Quan Hue ; Eichenberger, Simone ; Clément, Laurence ; Marti, Christiane ; Saper, Clifford B.

In: Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2013, vol. 521, no. 14, p. 3133–3153

A solitary cluster of parvalbumin-positive neurons – the PV1 nucleus – has been observed in the lateral hypothalamus of rodents. In the present study, we mapped the efferent connections of the PV1 nucleus using nonspecific antero- and retrograde tracers in rats, and chemoselective, Cre-dependent viral constructs in parvalbumin-Cre mice. In both species, the PV1 nucleus was found to project...