Journal article

Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic-nucleotide gated 4 (HCN4) protein is expressed in a subset of rat dorsal root and trigeminal ganglion neurons

Hyun-jung Cho, Vasiliki Staikopoulos, Jason J Ivanusic, Ernest A Jennings

CELL AND TISSUE RESEARCH | SPRINGER | Published : 2009

Abstract

Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) cation channels are active at resting membrane potential and thus are likely to contribute to neuronal excitability. Four HCN channel subunits (HCN1-4) have previously been cloned. The aim of the current study was to investigate the immunoreactivity of HCN4 channel protein in rat trigeminal (TG) and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) sensory neurons. HCN4 was present in 9% of TG neurons and 4.7% of DRG neurons, it was distributed in a discrete population of small-diameter neurons in the TG but was located in cells of all sizes in the DRG. Approximately two thirds of HCN4-containing neurons in each ganglia were labelled with antisera raised ag..

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