Localisation of arginine vasopressin V(1a) receptors on sympatho-adrenal preganglionic neurones

E. Sermasi, J. Howl, M. Wheatley, J. H. Coote

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Vasopressin-containing nerve terminals are present in the spinal cord of several species. This study was designed to determine whether sympatho-adrenal preganglionic neurones (SPN) express vasopressin receptors (VPRs). SPN in the spinal cord were revealed by retrograde labelling of Fluorogold following its unilateral injection into the adrenal medulla of 12-20 day postnatal rats. VPRs were simultaneously visualised in the Fluorogold-labelled slices of spinal cord using a recently developed biotinylated vasopressin receptor antagonist [1-phenylacetyl,2-O-methyl-D-tyrosine,6-arginine,8-arginine,9-lysinamide(Nε -biotinamidocaproamide)]vasopressin, PhAcAL(Btn)VP. The VPR:PhAcAL(Btn)VP complexes were visualised either with Texas Red-conjugated avidin or with a Vectastain avidin:alkaline phosphatase detection kit. These dual-labelling experiments revealed VPRs to be present in the spinal grey matter and to be particularly dense in the intermediate grey matter and adjacent regions of the ventral horn. Many SPN were associated with receptor-specific labelling of PhAcAL(Btn)VP, thereby demonstrating that VPRs are expressed by these neurones. These VPRs were pharmacologically defined as the V(1a) subtype. It is concluded that sympatho-adrenal preganglionic neurones express VPRs and that these are of the V(1a) subtype. The distribution of VPRs is not, however, restricted to these SPN in the spinal cord.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Biotinylated ligand
  • Neuropeptides
  • Sympathetic neurones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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