Journal article

Visualisation of AMPA binding sites in the brain stem of normotensive and hypertensive rats

MA Ashworth-Preece, F Chen, B Jarrott, AJ Lawrence

BRAIN RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1999

Abstract

The present study has employed in vitro receptor autoradiography with (S)-[(3)H]-5-fluorowillardiine (10 nM) to visualise the presence of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA) binding sites in the brain stems of adult (16-18 weeks) normotensive (Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) and Don Ryu (DRY)) and Spontaneously Hypertensive (SHR) rats. Similar topographic distribution and density of (S)-[(3)H]-5-fluorowillardiine binding was observed in the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) of all three strains. Specific (S)-[(3)H]-5-fluorowillardiine binding sites were also visualised in sections of nodose ganglion from adult WKY rats, demonstrating that vagal afferent perikarya possess AMPA b..

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