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Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1996 May;38(1):63-70.

Presence and localization of neurotrophin receptor tyrosine kinase (TrkA, TrkB, TrkC) mRNAs in visceral afferent neurons of the nodose and petrosal ganglia.

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Department of Pharmacology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.

Abstract

The presence of mRNAs to the high affinity tyrosine kinase (Trk) receptors for neurotrophins was studied in visceral afferent neurons of the nodose and petrosal ganglia of adult and neonatal rats using in situ hybridization histochemistry. Neurons containing TrkA mRNA were found in the adult nodose and petrosal ganglia. About 10% of nodose ganglion neurons and 38% of petrosal ganglion neurons contained TrkA mRNA. The nodose and petrosal ganglia from 1 day old neonates also expressed TrkA mRNA. No TrkB mRNA-containing neurons were detected in the adult nodose and petrosal ganglia, whereas TrkB mRNA was detected in 1 day old neonatal nodose and petrosal ganglia. TrkC mRNA was found in about 9% of nodose ganglion neurons and 11% of petrosal ganglion neurons of adult rats. Likewise, low but detectable levels of TrkC mRNA were seen in 1 day old neonatal nodose and petrosal ganglia. These data demonstrate the presence of TrkA and TrkC in the adult nodose and petrosal ganglia and provide a substrate for the ongoing neurotrophin-induced regulation of these placodally derived visceral afferent neurons. The altered expression of Trk receptor mRNAs in the nodose and petrosal ganglia between the adult and neonatal rats may reflect developmentally regulated changes in neurotrophin responsiveness.

PMID:
8737668
DOI:
10.1016/0169-328x(95)00313-h
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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