Send to

Choose Destination
Auton Neurosci. 2005 Mar 31;118(1-2):12-24. Epub 2005 Jan 11.

Choline acetyltransferase and inducible nitric oxide synthase are increased in myenteric plexus of diabetic guinea pig.

Author information

Department of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, 555 West 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA.


Alterations in enzymes in myenteric neurons from ileum were investigated in guinea pigs treated with either the pancreatic beta cell toxin streptozotocin or vehicle. After 5-6 weeks, expressions of choline acetyltransferase, neuronal nitric oxide synthase and inducible nitric oxide synthase were determined in longitudinal and myenteric plexus preparations using indirect immunohistochemistry. In ileum from streptozotocin-treated animals, the density of choline acetyltransferase-immunoreactive nerve fibers within the tertiary plexus and the percent total myenteric neurons expressing inducible nitric oxide synthase were increased, but the percent total myenteric neurons expressing neuronal nitric oxide synthase was not changed. Diabetes resulted in selective alterations in myenteric neurons including an increased density of cholinergic tertiary fibers and percentage of neurons expressing the inducible isoform of nitric oxide synthase. These adaptive changes by myenteric neurons to diabetes may contribute to gastrointestinal dysfunctions associated with diabetes.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center