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Preferential synaptic relationships between substance P-immunoreactive boutons and neurokinin 1 receptor sites in the rat spinal cord.
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PMID:  9861046     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Substance P plays an important role in the transmission of pain-related information in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Recent immunocytochemical studies have shown a mismatch between the distribution of substance P and its receptor in the superficial laminae of the dorsal horn. Because such a mismatch was not observed by using classical radioligand binding studies, we decided to investigate further the issue of the relationship between substance P and its receptor by using an antibody raised against a portion of the carboxyl terminal of the neurokinin 1 receptor and a bispecific monoclonal antibodies against substance P and horseradish peroxidase. Light microscopy revealed a good correlation between the distributions of substance P and the neurokinin 1 receptor, both being localized with highest densities in lamina I and outer lamina II of the spinal dorsal horn. An ultrastructural double-labeling study, combining preembedding immunogold with enzyme-based immunocytochemistry, showed that most neurokinin 1 receptor immunoreactive dendrites were apposed by substance P containing boutons. A detailed quantitative analysis revealed that neurokinin 1 receptor immunoreactive dendrites received more appositions and synapses from substance P immunoreactive terminals than those not expressing the neurokinin 1 receptor. Such preferential innervation by substance P occurred in all superficial dorsal horn laminae even though neurokinin 1 receptor immunoreactive dendrites were a minority of the total number of dendritic profiles in the above laminae. These results suggest that, contrary to the belief that neuropeptides act in a diffuse manner at a considerable distance from their sites of release, substance P should act on profiles expressing the neurokinin 1 receptor at a short distance from its site of release.
A L McLeod; J E Krause; A C Cuello; A Ribeiro-da-Silva
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  95     ISSN:  0027-8424     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  1998 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-01-28     Completed Date:  1999-01-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15775-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Afferent Pathways
Axons / physiology*,  ultrastructure
Dendrites / physiology*,  ultrastructure
Microscopy, Electron
Models, Neurological
Neurons / cytology,  physiology*
Rats, Wistar
Receptors, Neurokinin-1 / analysis,  physiology*
Spinal Cord / cytology,  physiology*
Substance P / analysis,  physiology*
Synapses / physiology*,  ultrastructure
Thalamus / physiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Receptors, Neurokinin-1; 33507-63-0/Substance P

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