Co-expression of P2X receptor subunits on rat nodose neurons that bind the isolectin GS-I-B4.Neuroreport 2001; 12(13):2995-7N
Triple fluorescent histochemistry was used to describe the types of overlap in visceral sensory neurons (nodose ganglion) for the labeling of the isolectin B4 from Griffonia simplicifolia type one (GS-I-B4) and their immunoreactivity (IR) for two of the ATP receptor subunits (P2X1/3 or P2X2/3). The vast majority of nodose neurons expressed GS-I-B4-binding and most of these displayed P2X receptor IR. Most of the P2X-IR was co-expressed on these individual nodose neurons (P2X1/P2X3 or P2X2/P2X3). A very small subpopulation of neurons that were GS-I-B4 negative but P2X positive displayed a very high relative intensity of P2X3-IR. The functional role that these expression patterns play in visceral sensory processing is currently unclear.