Pyramidal neurons in the septal and temporal CA1 field of the human and hedgehog tenrec hippocampus

Brain Res. 2008 Jul 7:1218:35-46. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2008.04.037. Epub 2008 Apr 26.


The present study examines comparatively the cellular density of disector-counted/Nissl-stained CA1 pyramidal neurons and the morphometric characteristics (dendritic number/length, spine number/density and Sholl-counted dendritic branch points/20 microm) of the basal and apical dendritic systems of Golgi-impregnated CA1 neurons, in the septal and temporal hippocampus of the human and hedgehog tenrec brain. The obtained results indicate that in both hippocampal parts the cellular density of the CA1 pyramidal neurons is lower in human than in tenrec. However, while the human pyramidal cell density is higher in the septal hippocampal part than in the temporal one, in the tenrec the density of these cells is higher in the temporal part. The dendritic tree of the CA1 pyramidal cells, more developed in the septal than in temporal hippocampus in both species studied, is in general more complex in the human hippocampus. The basal and the apical dendritic systems exhibit species related morphometric differences, while dendrites of different orders exhibit differences in their number and length, and in their spine density. Finally, in both species, as well as hippocampal parts and dendritic systems, changes of dendritic morphometric features along ascending dendritic orders fluctuate in a similar way, as do the number of dendritic branch points in relation to the distance from the neuron soma.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Dendrites / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Hedgehogs / anatomy & histology*
  • Hippocampus / cytology*
  • Humans / anatomy & histology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Neurological
  • Pyramidal Cells / cytology*
  • Silver Staining / methods
  • Species Specificity