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Physiological, pharmacological, and immunohistochemical characterisation of juxtacellularly labelled neurones in rat nucleus tractus solitarius

Authors
Journal
Autonomic Neuroscience
1566-0702
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
98
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1566-0702(02)00022-x
Keywords
  • Amino Acid Receptors
  • Blood Pressure
  • Ionophoresis
  • Juxtacellular Labelling
  • Medulla
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

Abstract The pharmacology and anatomy of neurones in the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) have proved to be difficult to study in vivo because of their generally small size and high packing density. To overcome these problems, we have developed an approach that combines drug application through multibarrelled electrodes with juxtacellular labelling via an attached single-barrelled electrode followed by immunohistochemical processing. This approach has allowed us to assess the responses of individual NTS neurones in vivo to ionotropic glutamate receptor agonists and antagonists and then, to determine whether the neurones expressed the glutamate receptor subunits, GLUR2,3 and NMDAR2a,b. It should also be possible to extend these techniques further and correlate morphology with these features and to examine pharmacologically characterised, dye-filled neurones at the ultrastructural level.

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