ISM2019 (Microscopy)

WATERFALL OF LOVE


Ludmila (Lusi) Gordon
Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Fountain of loveThis image shows multiple axonal projections of the oxytocin producing neurons in the zebrafish posterior pituitary. Oxytocin is a peptide hormone and neurotransmitter, which is produced in the hypothalamus and released into the bloodstream by posterior pituitary upon physiological stimuli. Oxytocin, frequently called a ‘love hormone’, plays a pivotal role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, childbirth and more. The whole-mount imaging of the dissected pituitary from adult transgenic reporter zebrafish, which allows visualization of labelled oxytocin neurons, was performed by confocal microscope.