Coexistence of mu-opioid receptor (MOR)-like immunoreactivity (LI) and substance P (SP)-LI in the neurons of the cat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) was examined by a double immunofluorescence histochemical method. Approximately 91% of SP-LI neurons in the DRG showed MOR-LI. However, SP-LI was exhibited in approximately 28% of the neurons labeled with MOR-LI. These morphological findings indicated that the MOR exist on most of the primary afferent SP-containing terminals, and suggest that MOR may regulate SP release from the primary afferent terminals in the cat dorsal horn.
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