Journal article

P2X(2) receptors on ganglion and antacrine cells in cone pathways of the rat retina

T Puthussery, EL Fletcher

JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE NEUROLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2006

Abstract

Extracellular ATP is known to mediate fast, excitatory neurotransmission through activation of ionotropic P2X receptors. In this study, the localization of the P2X(2) receptor (P2X(2)R) subunit was studied in rat retina by using immunofluorescence immunohistochemistry and preembedding immunoelectron microscopy. The P2X(2)R was observed in large ganglion cells as well as in a subset of amacrine cells. Double labeling revealed that 96% of all P2X(2)R-immunoreactive amacrine cells showed gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) immunoreactivity. Subsets of P2X(2)R-immunoreactive amacrine cells expressed nitric oxide synthase and substance P; however, no colocalization was observed with choline acetyltran..

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