Oct 22, 1976

Separately developing axonal uptake of 5-hydroxytryptamine and norepinephrine in the fetal ileum of the rabbit

Brain Research
T P RothmanM D Gershon


Uptake of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) by adult and fetal rabbit's ileum was studied. The adult myenteric plexus accumulated tritium when incubated with tritiated 5-HT. However, in addition to labeled 5-HT, tritiated 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid and, when monoamine oxidase (MAO) was inhibited, 5-HT-o-glucuronide were found in the tissue. Two uptake processes differing in affinity could be defined. Only the high affinity process was saturable. Fetal ileum took up tritiated 5-HT but glucuronidation did not occur when MAO was inhibited. The uptake of tritiated 5-HT by the fetal ileum was due to a single, saturable, temperature sensitive (Q10 at 27-37 degress C = 2.4) process inhibited by ouabain. It was identical to the high affinity uptake found in adult tissue. This specific high affinity uptake could be found as early as the 16th day of gestation, 5-8 days before uptake of norepinephrine (NE) begins. Light and electron microscope radioautography revealed that the uptake of 5-HT was primarily into axons and a characteristic structure called the expanded process, both in the myenteric plexus. Both contained dense-cored vesicles. Axons were not labeled by tritiated NE until after 24 days and the expanded process was never labeled by ...Continue Reading

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Cold Temperature
Smooth Muscle
Norepinephrine, (+, -)-Isomer
Gestational Age
Glucuronic Acids

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