A simple method to microinject solid neural tracers into deep structures of the brain
We have developed an instrument to perform microinjections of solid neural tracers into deep structures of the brain. The instrument consists of a thin hypodermic needle equipped with a movable internal rod, which is connected to a pressure chamber. When a pressure pulse is applied to the chamber, the rod moves forward and back inside the needle, pushing out a solid load previously packed inside the needle tip. By attaching a microelectrode to the instrument, it is also possible to have electrophysiological control of the injection placement. To test the instrument, we microinjected DiI and rhodamine crystals into selected structures of the visual system of pigeons. The results show small, well-defined injection sites, accurately located in the desired targets, together with well-developed anterogade and retrograde transport, selectively originated from the injection sites. This method extends the usage of solid tracers to most structures in the brain and may, in certain cases, be more advantageous than the conventional method of injecting tracer solutions. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.
|Título según WOS:||A simple method to microinject solid neural tracers into deep structures of the brain|
|Título según SCOPUS:||A simple method to microinject solid neural tracers into deep structures of the brain|
|Título de la Revista:||JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS|
|Editorial:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|Fecha de publicación:||2001|
|Página de inicio:||121|