Journal article

Neurochemical coding of the enteric nervous system in chagasic patients with megacolon

ABM da Silveira, D D'Avila Reis, EC de Oliveira, SG Neto, AO Luquetti, D Poole, R Correa-Oliveira, JB Furness

DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

Neuronal destruction has been considered the hallmark of pathogenic mechanisms in chagasic megacolon. Characterization of neuropeptides in the enteric nervous system from chagasic patients with megacolon could elucidate some aspects of the development of this syndrome. In the present work we demonstrate the changes in expression of neuropeptides and neurochemical markers present in neuronal plexuses from the colons of chagasic patients with megacolon. Sections of frozen tissue samples were immunohistochemically labeled for anticalretinin, cChaT, substance P, VIP, NOS, and NPY. Immunoreactivity was observed using a confocal microscope. Our results demonstrate that in chagasic patients with me..

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