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Title: Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript peptide-immunoreactivity in adrenergic C1 neurons projecting to the intermediolateral cell column of the rat
Authors: Dun, S.L.
Brailoiu, G.C.
Dun, N.J.
Ng, Y.K. 
Ling, E.A. 
Keywords: Caudal ventrolateral medulla
Prolactin-releasing peptide
Spinal cord
Sympathetic preganglionic neurons
Tyrosine hydroxylase
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Dun, S.L., Brailoiu, G.C., Dun, N.J., Ng, Y.K., Ling, E.A. (2002). Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript peptide-immunoreactivity in adrenergic C1 neurons projecting to the intermediolateral cell column of the rat. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy 23 (2) : 123-132. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptide-immunoreactivity was detected in neurons of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM), but few in the caudal ventrolateral medulla (CVLM). Double-labeling the medullary sections with sheep polyclonal phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase-antiserum (PNMT) or monoclonal tyrosine hydroxylase-antibody and rabbit polyclonal CART peptide-antiserum revealed that nearly all adrenergic cells in the C1 area were CART peptide-positive and vice versa; tyrosine hydroxylase-positive cells in the A1 area were not. In the thoracolumbar spinal cord, neurons in the intermediolateral cell column (IML) and other sympathetic autonomic nuclei were CART peptide-positive; some of these were contacted by immunoreactive fibers arising from the lateral funiculus. By immuno-electron microscopy, axon terminals containing closely packed agranular CART peptide-immunoreactive vesicles appeared to make synaptic contacts with immunoreactive dendrites and soma in the IML, albeit the incidence of such contacts was low. Microinjection of the retrograde tracer Fluorogold into the lateral horn area of the T1-T3 spinal segments labeled a population of neurons in the C1 area, many of which were also CART peptide-positive. The results indicate that CART peptide-immunoreactivity is expressed in C1 adrenergic neurons, some of which project to the thoracolumbar spinal cord. The presence of this novel peptide in C1 adrenergic neurons underscores the multiplicity of putative transmitters that may be involved in signaling between putative cardiovascular neurons in the medulla oblongata and sympathetic preganglionic neurons (SPNs) in the spinal cord. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
ISSN: 08910618
DOI: 10.1016/S0891-0618(01)00147-8
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