During embryonic development, luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) neurons migrate to the brain from the medial olfactory epithelium through the olfactory nerve. LHRH neurons enter the brain and migrate tangentially along the medial edge of the telencephalon in close association with a neural cell adhesion molecule (N-CAM) enriched fiber bundle. In the current work we wished to determine whether this N-CAM enriched 'fiber bundle is an extension of the olfactory nerve. Ablation experiments, immunocytochemistry and diI implants all suggest that LHRH neurons migrate in association with a very small subset of transient N-CAM enriched neuronal processes which, extend out of the olfactory nerve proper to the septal-preoptic area.
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
- Neural cell adhesion molecule
- Olfactory nerve
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