Journal article

Localisation of NK1 receptor immunoreactivity to neurons and interstitial cells of the guinea-pig gastrointestinal tract

AL Portbury, JB Furness, HM Young, BR Southwell, SR Vigna

JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE NEUROLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 1996

Abstract

Tachykinins, including substance P, neurokinin A, and neuropeptides K and gama, are expressed widely in the peripheral nervous system where they affect smooth muscle contraction, exocrine gland secretion, vascular permeability, and neurotransmission. Substance P, the preferred ligand for the NK1 receptor, is found in high concentrations in the enteric nervous system. In the present study, the localisation and distribution of the NK1 receptor was studied throughout the gastrointestinal tract of the guinea-pig by using a polyclonal antiserum raised against the C-terminal 15 amino acids of the NK1 receptor. Co-localisation with other neuronal markers was examined in the ileum. Nerve cell bodies..

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