In situ hybridization histochemical and immunohistochemical evidence that striatal projection neurons co-containing substance P and enkephalin are overrepresented in the striosomal compartment of striatum in rats

Hong Bing Wang, Yunping Deng, Anton Reiner

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Abstract

In a prior study, we showed that the few striatal projection neurons that contain both substance P (SP) and enkephalin (ENK) in rats may preferentially project to the substantia nigra pars compacta. Since striatal neurons that project to the pars compacta are thought to preferentially reside in the striosomal compartment, we investigated if striatal neurons that contain both SP and ENK are preferentially localized to the patch compartment. We used in situ hybridization histochemistry to double-label sections for SP and ENK to identify SP/ENK co-containing neurons, and immunolabeling of adjacent sections for the mu opiate receptor (MOR) to define the striosomal compartment. We found that 32.3% of neurons containing both SP and ENK were localized to the striosomal compartment, which itself only made up 12.8% of the striatum. Our results further showed that the density of neurons co-containing SP and ENK was three-fold higher in striosomes than in the matrix compartment. These results are consistent with the notion that SP/ENK colocalizing neurons preferentially project to pars compacta, and these and our prior results additionally raise the possibility that neurons of this type in the striatal matrix may also project to the pars compacta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume425
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2007

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Corpus Striatum
Enkephalins
Substance P
In Situ Hybridization
Neurons
mu Opioid Receptor
Opioid Receptors
Pars Compacta

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