Journal article

Distribution and Innervation of Putative Peripheral Arterial Chemoreceptors in the Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Catalina Reyes, Angelina Y Fong, William K Milsom

JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE NEUROLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

Peripheral arterial chemoreceptors have been isolated to the common carotid artery, aorta, and pulmonary artery of turtles. However, the putative neurotransmitters associated with these chemoreceptors have not yet been described. The goal of the present study was to determine the neurochemical content, innervations, and distribution of putative oxygen-sensing cells in the central vasculature of turtles and to derive homologies with peripheral arterial chemoreceptors of other vertebrates. We used tract tracing together with immunohistochemical markers for cholinergic cells (vesicular acetylcholine transporter [VAChT]), tyrosine hydroxylase (TH; the rate-limiting enzyme in catecholamine synthe..

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