Gleich, Otto and Schäfer, B. and Kadow, C. and Stuermer, I. W. and Strutz, J. (2000) Domestication differentially affects cochlear nucleus subdivisions in the gerbil. The Journal of comparative neurology 428 (4), pp. 609-615.
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We analyzed the effects of domestication on the subdivisions of the cochlear nucleus in the gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) by comparing their volumes and rostrocaudal extents in laboratory gerbils and in age-matched F1 offspring of gerbils caught in the wild. In addition, soma size was systematically analyzed in the anteroventral cochlear nucleus of both groups. Total cochlear nucleus volume and rostrocaudal extent were not significantly different between groups either for young (postnatal day 9) animals before the onset of hearing or for young 4-month-old animals. However, the dorsal cochlear nucleus was significantly larger and the anteroventral cochlear nucleus was significantly smaller in young adults of the wild strain. Thus the relative proportions of the cochlear nucleus subdivisions differed between the groups. In addition, soma size was significantly larger in the low-frequency portion of the anterovental cochlear nucleus in domesticated gerbils compared to wild gerbils. To our knowledge, this is the first reported instance of a well-defined brain structure (e.g., the antreovental cochlear nucleus) being larger in the domesticated than in the wild form.
|Institutions:||Medicine > Lehrstuhl für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 570 Life sciences|
500 Science > 590 Zoological sciences
600 Technology > 610 Medical sciences Medicine
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Yes|
|Deposited On:||25 Jun 2009 13:43|
|Last Modified:||05 Aug 2009 13:58|