par Bastianelli, Enrico;Pochet, Roland
Référence Journal of pineal research, 18, 3, page (127-134)
Publication Publié, 1995-04
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Profound morphological modifications occur during postnatal development of the rat pineal gland. We have immunohistochemically followed those events from postnatal day 1 to 20 by using three cytoarchitectonic markers (S-100, calbindin-D28k, and calretinin) that belong to the calmodulin/troponin C calcium-binding protein family. In the developing rat pineal, anticalbindin-D28k antibody labels three cell types: immature and mature astrocytes and perivascular type II pinealocytes. During development, calbindin-D28k positive cells migrate from the base of the pineal stalk into the superficial part of the pineal. Calbindin-D28k, usually used as a neuronal marker in the central nervous system, recognizes in rat pineal precursor astrocytes 5 days before S-100 and labels a subpopulation somewhat different from S-100 positive astrocytes. Calretinin immunoreactivity appeared in the postero-superior part of the pineal and was abundant until postnatal day 5, then its density dramatically felt to leave, after postnatal day 20, an occasional population of cells whose morphology is compatible with neuron-like cells.