2019 年 40 巻 5 号 p. 207-214
Sensory circumventricular organs contain the subfornical organ, organum vasculosum of the lamina terminalis (OVLT), and area postrema. Here, immunostaining for GLUT3 in the murine brain selectively labeled the sobfornical organ and OVLT. The immunoreactive neural tract of the subfornical organ formed into thin bundles and extended ventro-rostrally over the anterior commissure. After turning over the commissure, the neural tract passed through the median preoptic nucleus (MnPO) and reached the OVLT; thus, a continuous neural tract expressing GLUT3 connected the subfornical organ, MnPO, and OVLT in the lamina terminalis. In the OVLT, GLUT3-immunoreactive fibers gathered in both the dorsal cap and lateral periventricular zone. Electron microscopically, the immunoreactive structures in the subfornical organ corresponded to nerve fibers or nerve terminals containing many small clear vesicles. The area postrema, another sensory organ, was immunonegative for GLUT3. This study not only presented a useful marker tracing the neural tract in the sensory sites of the lamina terminalis but also suggested a unique system for sensing and determining the metabolism of circulating glucose in the circumventricular organs.