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Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 1994 Feb 18;77(2):177-82.

Expression of the trk gene family of neurotrophin receptors in prevertebral sympathetic ganglia.

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Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, State University of New York at Stony Brook 11794-5230.


When the phenotype of neurons in pre- and paravertebral sympathetic ganglia are compared, there are marked differences in NGF dependence, neuropeptide content, connectivity and electrophysiological properties. The trophic interactions that induce these differences are currently poorly understood. One explanation is that prevertebral neurons receive a second neurotrophic signal, other than NGF, from their target of innervation. If this is the case, neurons in the prevertebral ganglia should express another neurotrophin receptor, in addition to the NGF receptor (trkA). To test this prediction, the level of expression of three neurotrophin receptors, trkA, trkB and trkC, were examined in one paravertebral sympathetic ganglia, the SCG, and two prevertebral ganglia, the celiac and superior mesenteric ganglia. It was found that mRNA encoding the full-length form of the trkB receptor was barely expressed in the SCG. Significantly higher levels of full-length trkB mRNA expression were found in the prevertebral ganglia. Ligands of the trkB receptor may, therefore, contribute to the differentiation and/or survival of some prevertebral sympathetic neurons.

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