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Microsc Res Tech. 2002 Jul 15;58(2):91-7.

Tachykinins and tachykinin receptors in bone.

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  • 1Department of Oral Anatomy, Kyushu Dental College, Kitakyushu, 803-8580, Japan. tgoto@kyu-dent.ac.jp


Tachykinins are neuropeptides that are widely distributed in the body and function as neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. Five tachykinin subtypes: substance P (SP), neurokinin A, neurokinin B, neuropeptide K, and neuropeptide gamma; and three receptor subtypes: neurokinin-1, -2, and -3 receptors, have been identified. SP was the first peptide of the tachykinin family to be identified. It is considered to be an important neuropeptide, and to function in the nervous system and intestine. However, recent advances in the analysis of SP receptors, particularly neurokinin-1 receptors (NK(1)-Rs) that have high affinity for SP, have demonstrated that NK(1)-Rs are distributed not only in neurons and immune cells, but also in other peripheral cells, including bone cells. This article reviews the current understanding of the distribution of SP and other tachykinins in bone, and the function of tachykinins, through neurokinin receptors. The distribution of tachykinin-immunoreactive axons and neurokinin receptors suggests that tachykinins may directly modulate bone metabolism through neurokinin receptors.

Copyright 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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