Journal article

Activation of neurokinin 1 receptors on interstitial cells of Cajal of the guinea-pig small intestine by substance P

ST Lavin, BR Southwell, R Murphy, KM Jenkinson, JB Furness

HISTOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1998

Abstract

The aims of this work were to determine whether cells that are similar to the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and have immunoreactivity for the neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor are indeed ICC; to determine whether the agonist, substance P, binds to and activates the receptor on presumptive ICC; and to investigate the relationship between substance P-immunoreactive nerve fibres and ICC. ICC at the level of the myenteric plexus and in the deep muscular plexus in the duodenum and ileum of the guinea-pig were investigated. Immunoreactivities for the ICC marker, Kit, and the NK1 receptor were colocalised in ICC of the myenteric and deep muscular plexuses. In tissue fixed immediately after its remova..

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