This atlas provides a look at the golden hamster brain in stereotaxic coordinates, which is the grid that is used, much like a map, to ensure accuracy within the lab. It provides a pictorial synopsis of what is currently known about the structure and function of the brain, and provides a consistent anatomical definition and nomenclature (labeling) for areas in the brain.
This is the first atlas to preset the golden hamster brain in stereotaxic coordinates. The authors use the brain of an adult male golden hamster, the most widely utilized hamster in neuroscience research. The brains of two different hamsters are used. The first brain is sectioned and stained, using cresyl violet, acetylcholinesterase, Sudan black, and NADPH-diaphorase. The second brain is stained using cresyl violet, luxol fast blue, serotonin immunoreactivity, and GABA/benzodiazepine receptor immunoreactivity.
:* Provides the first atlas of the golden hamster brain, making it more accessible to researchers
* Presents accurate three-dimensional coordinates for stereotaxic surgery
* Brings together current information about hamster brain structure
* Promotes the use of the hamster for key areas of study: i.e., visual system development and regeneration and measurement of circadian behavioral rhythms
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The golden, or Syrian, hamster is a popular animal model for neuroscience research. Hamsters are employed in key areas of study, including reproductive endocrinology and behavior, development and regeneration of the visual system, and circadian rhythm regulation. This is the first atlas to present the complete hamster brain in three-dimensional coordinates for stereotaxic surgery, with diagrammatic representations of each coronal section. Coronal sections include photos of adjacent hemisections stained for cresyl violet and acetylcholinesterase. Labelled photographs of sagittal sections are also included. This atlas provides a pictorial synopsis of what is currently known about the structure and function of the hamster brain, as well as a consistent anatomical definition and nomenclature for each area.
* Contains 58 stained coronal sections with matching detailed diagrams
* Presents 10 sagittal sections with diagrammatic overlays
* Stereotaxic coordinates for the precise placement of chemicals, lesions, and devices in the hamster brain
* Serves as a pictorial synopsis of a large body of literature that has evaluated both the structure and the function of the hamster brain
* Provides consistent anatomical definitions and nomenclature for brain areas
* Includes a CD-ROM containing all of the illustrations, photos, and text
Larry P. Morin, State University of New York, Stony Brook, U.S.A.
Ruth I. Wood, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
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