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Distribution and chemical coding of sympathetic neurons in the caudal mesenteric ganglion projecting to the ovary in sexually mature gilts.

Authors
  • Koszykowska, Marlena
  • Kozłowska, Anna
  • Wojtkiewicz, Joanna
  • Skobowiat, Cezary
  • Majewski, Mariusz
  • Jana, Barbara
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta veterinaria Hungarica
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2010
Volume
58
Issue
3
Pages
389–403
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1556/AVet.58.2010.3.11
PMID: 20713329
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The distribution and co-localisation patterns of dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DβH), neuropeptide Y (NPY), somatostatin (SOM) and galanin (GAL) were investigated by use of retrograde neuronal tracing and double-labelling immunofluorescence techniques in the caudal mesenteric ganglion (CaMG) neurons supplying the ovary of adult pigs. The existence and density of nerve fibres that are immunoreactive (IR) for the above-mentioned neuroactive substances were also evaluated. Injections of a fluorescent tracer (Fast Blue; FB) into the ovaries revealed the presence of small- (76.38%) and large-sized (23.62%) FB-positive postganglionic neurons in the CaMG. Noradrenergic FB-positive cells were simultaneously NPY- (43.38%), SOM- (18.77%) and GAL- (18.31%) IR. Of the examined FB-positive neurons, 53.49% were DβH-IR but NPY-immunonegative (IN), 79.06% were DβH-IR but SOM-IN, and 77.16% were DβH-IR but GAL-IN. Small- or large-sized subsets of traced neurons were supplied by only one or a few nerve fibres, exhibiting DβH-, NPY-, SOM- and/or GAL-IR. Our data show the specific morphological as well as immunochemical structural organisation of the sympathetic neurons in the CaMG in adult gilts. The occurrence of an abundant population of noradrenergic perikarya in the CaMG may suggest their important physiological role in the regulation of gonadal function(s) in these animals.

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