Chemical characterization of Pax6-immunoreactive periglomerular neurons in the mouse olfactory bulb

Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2009 Dec;29(8):1081-5. doi: 10.1007/s10571-009-9405-3.


The Pax6 transcription factor is a key element along brain development in both the visual and olfactory systems. The involvement of Pax6 in neural fate is well documented in the visual system, whereas in the olfactory system, and in particular in the olfactory bulb (OB), its expression during adulthood has only begun to be elucidated. In the OB, the modulation of primary sensory information is first performed by periglomerular cells (PG). A considerable body of information has unveiled the neurochemical heterogeneity of these neurons. Thus it is well known that Pax6 coexists with dopaminergic/GABAergic mouse PG. However, the presence of this transcription factor in other mouse PG subpopulations has not been studied. Here, we analyzed whether Pax6 is expressed in PG containing the calcium-binding proteins neurocalcin and parvalbumin, and the neuropeptide cholecystokinin. Our results show that Pax6 is not expressed by these PG subpopulations, suggesting that it is mainly restricted to GABAergic PG populations. These findings provide new data in the chemical characterization of mouse Pax6-positive PG.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cholecystokinin / metabolism
  • Eye Proteins / metabolism*
  • Homeodomain Proteins / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Neurocalcin / metabolism
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Neurons / metabolism*
  • Olfactory Bulb / cytology*
  • Olfactory Bulb / metabolism*
  • PAX6 Transcription Factor
  • Paired Box Transcription Factors / metabolism*
  • Parvalbumins / metabolism
  • Repressor Proteins / metabolism*


  • Eye Proteins
  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • Neurocalcin
  • PAX6 Transcription Factor
  • Paired Box Transcription Factors
  • Parvalbumins
  • Pax6 protein, mouse
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Cholecystokinin