Vasopressin-immunoreactive cell bodies in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis of the rat

Cell Tissue Res. 1983;228(3):525-34. doi: 10.1007/BF00211473.


In the dorsal and ventral portions of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis of the rat numerous cell bodies immunoreactive for vasopressin and neurophysin II were found after colchicin pretreatment. These cells are predominantly multipolar but sometimes also bipolar, and have a width and length of approximately 9 and 16 microns, respectively. In the homozygous Brattleboro rat, which is deficient in vasopressin, no immunoreactive vasopressin was found in these cells. Following incubation with anti-oxytocin and anti-bovine neurophysin I, only magnocellular immunoreactive cell bodies were found in the septal region. The consequences of these results concerning the vasopressin fiber pathways in the brain are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Cranial Nerves / analysis*
  • Cranial Nerves / cytology
  • Hypothalamus / analysis
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Brattleboro
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Vasopressins / analysis*


  • Vasopressins