Distribution of calbindin-D28K in the brain of the fetal sheep in late gestation

T. J. McDonald, C. Li, R. H. Wasserman

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Immunocytochemical distribution of calbindin-D28K was examined in the brains of fetal sheep at 100-105 and 120-125 days of gestation (dGA) and at term in labor (term ∼ 150 dGA) and compared to adult sheep. Brains were perfused, cut frozen and immunostained as freely floating sections with a polyclonal anti-calbindin-D28K antibody. Light microscopy revealed that calbindin-D28K immunogenicity in fetal cerebellum, rhombencephalon, mesencephalon, diencephalon and telencephalon was overall very similar to that seen in the brains of adult sheep. In addition even though fetal sheep peripheral plasma cortisol concentrations increase 10-20 times over the last 3-4 weeks of gestation to peak during labor and delivery, no glucocorticoid dependent increases in calbindin-D28K in the hippocampal formation could be seen in the sheep fetus as have been demonstrated for the adult rat given exogenous glucocorticoids. It is concluded that: (1) the basic pattern of calbindin-D28K distribution seen in adult sheep brains is established by at least 100 dGA in the sheep fetus; and (2) the pattern of calbindin-D28K expression in fetal sheep hippocampal formation is not related to peripheral plasma glucocorticoid concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-315
Number of pages13
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 27 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain
  • Calcium
  • Fetus
  • Glucocorticoid
  • Ontogeny
  • Sheep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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