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PEPTIDERGIC INNERVATION OF MESENTERIC LYMPHATICS IN GUINEA PIGS: AN IMMUNOCYTOCHEMICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL STUDY

Authors
  • M Guarna
  • AM Pucci
  • C Alessandrini
  • N Volpi
  • M Fruschelli
  • D D' Antona
  • C Fruschelli

Abstract

By immunocytochemistry, substance P immunoreactive (SP-IR) and vasoactive intestinal peptide immunoreactive (VIP-IR) nerve fibers were examined in guinea pig mesenteric lymph collectors. The immunoreactive nerve fibers, located in the adventitia of lymphatics, were few and were irregularly distributed along the vessel wall. These fibers appeared to be more numerous and more evenly distributed along the corresponding artery and vein walls within the same area. SP immunoreactivity in the vascular nerves was depleted in guinea pigs injected with capsaicin but was unaffected by the injection of 6-hydroxydopamine. By contrast, VIP-IR nerve fibers were unaffected by both treatments. It is concluded that SP-IR nerve fibers in the lymphatics are likely to be of sensory origin and that VIP containing nerves in the lymph collectors are distinct from SP-containing and noradrenergic nerves. It is also suggested that lymph collectors possess a complex although limited innervation pattern not only of autonomic nerve fibers containing classic neurotransmitters but also of peptidergic nerve fibers of a different origin with a vasomotor and/or sensory action.

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Guarna, M. & Pucci, A. & Alessandrini, C. & Volpi, N. & Fruschelli, M. & D' Antona, D. & Fruschelli, C., (1991) “PEPTIDERGIC INNERVATION OF MESENTERIC LYMPHATICS IN GUINEA PIGS: AN IMMUNOCYTOCHEMICAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL STUDY”, Lymphology 24(4), p.161-167.

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Published on
01 Oct 1991
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