Journal article

CATECHOLAMINE INNERVATION OF THE INTESTINE OF FLYING FOXES (PTEROPUS SPP) - A SUBSTANTIAL SUPPLY FROM ENTERIC NEURONS

JR KEAST

CELL AND TISSUE RESEARCH | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1994

Abstract

The distribution of catecholamines in the small and large intestine of flying foxes (Pteropus spp.) was investigated using glyoxylic-acid-induced fluorescence and immunohistochemical staining of tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine-beta-hydroxylase. Dense networks of varicose axons stained by each of these methods supplied blood vessels, the mucosa and both submucous and myenteric ganglia, but were scarce in the circular and longitudinal muscle. The majority (> 90%) of submucous neuronal perikarya contained both enzymes and most of these also exhibited catecholamine fluorescence. Somata of similar staining characteristics were less common in the myenteric plexus, where single cells were found i..

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