The genesis of the cuneothalamic neurons (CTNs) in the rat cuneate nucleus was determined by a double-labeling method using 5′-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU), the thymidine analogue, and Fluoro-Gold (FG), a retrograde fluorescent tracer. BrdU-positive cells were observed in the cuneate nucleus in all rats receiving BrdU injection at embryonic days (E) E13-E16; none was detected in rats given BrdU injection at E12. At E13 and E14, BrdU-positive cells were randomly distributed. However, at E15, the number of BrdU-positive cells was clearly reduced and the majority of them was located at the dorsolateral or peripheral region of the nucleus. FG/BrdU double-labeling study showed the existence of BrdU-labeled CTNs when the mother rat received BrdU injection at E13 and E14, being more numerous at E13 in which the neurons were scattered throughout the nucleus. At E14, however, the majority of the BrdU-labeled CTNs were located superficially in the nucleus. Double-labeled cells were undetected in rats that had been exposed to BrdU at E15 and E16. Quantitative data showed that the majority (ca 70-80%) of the CTNs were generated at E13, and were markedly decreased at E14 (ca 4-6%). Using nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-diaphorase (NADPH-d) histochemistry coupled with BrdU immunohistochemistry, we have shown the NADPH-d/BrdU double-labeled neurons in the nucleus between E13 and E15, with the majority of them occurring at E14, but absent at E16. The present results suggest that the CTNs are generated prior to the NO-containing neurons in the cuneate nucleus.
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