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Expression of muscarinic m2 receptor mRNA in dorsal root ganglia of neonatal rat

AutorTata, Ada Maria; Vilaró, Maria Teresa ; Agrati, Chiara; Biagioni, Stefano; Mengod Los Arcos, Guadalupe ; Augusti Tocco, Gabriella
Palabras claveSensory neuron
Muscarinic acetylcholine receptor
Dorsal root ganglia
Fecha de publicación3-abr-1999
CitaciónBrain Research 824(1): 63-70 (1999)
ResumenThe expression of mRNA coding for m2 subtype of muscarinic cholinergic receptors was assessed in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) of 15-day post-natal rats. Northern blot analysis on total RNA using a mixture of two different oligonucleotide probes, indicated the presence of a single prominent band of approximately 6.5 kb in rat DRG; a band of the same size was observed both in brainstem and cortex taken as positive controls. Analysis by RT-PCR of the mRNA coding for a region of the third cytoplasmic loop of m2 receptor showed a single signal both in rat DRG and hippocampus. In situ hybridization was then used to identify the neuronal subpopulations expressing the mRNA for M2. The transcripts were preferentially localized in medium-small neurons of the ganglion as well as in satellite cells surrounding the neuron cell body. Large neurons were usually negative. Finally, competition binding experiments, performed in the presence of [3H]-quinuclidinyl benzilate (QNB) and methoctramine (a selective competitor for M2 receptors), demonstrated the presence of M2 receptor protein (K(i) = 100 nM), as previously observed in chick DRG. The preferential localization of M2 in medium-small neurons of the ganglion suggests the involvement of this receptor subtype in the transduction of nociceptive stimuli.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0006-8993(99)01109-9
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1016/S0006-8993(99)01109-9
issn: 0006-8993
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