Journal article

DISTRIBUTION OF PITUITARY ADENYLYL-CYCLASE ACTIVATING PEPTIDE (PACAP) IMMUNOREACTIVITY IN NEURONS OF THE GUINEA-PIG DIGESTIVE-TRACT AND THEIR PROJECTIONS IN THE ILEUM AND COLON

AL PORTBURY, K MCCONALOGUE, JB FURNESS, HM YOUNG

CELL AND TISSUE RESEARCH | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1995

Abstract

Pituitary adenylyl cyclase activating peptide (PACAP) is a novel hypothalamic peptide that is widely distributed in neurons, including those of the gastrointestinal tract. In this study, a polyclonal antiserum directed against PACAP-27 was used to investigate the localisation of PACAP throughout the gut and to determine the projections of PACAP-immunoreactive (IR) neurons in the guinea-pig small and large intestines. PACAP-IR fibres were seen in the myenteric and submucous plexuses, in the longitudinal and circular muscle layers and around blood vessels of the submucosa throughout the gut. In both the small and large intestine, PACAP-IR cell bodies, most with Dogiel type-I morphology, were s..

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