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Type: Journal article
Title: Nitric Oxide as an Endogenous Peripheral Modulator of Visceral Sensory Neuronal Function
Author: Page, A.
O'Donnell, T.
Isaacs, N.
Young, R.
Blackshaw, L.
Citation: Journal of Neuroscience, 2009; 29(22):7246-7255
Publisher: Soc Neuroscience
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0270-6474
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Amanda J. Page, Tracey A. O'Donnell, Nicole J. Cooper, Richard L. Young, and L. Ashley Blackshaw
Abstract: Nitric oxide (NO) plays important roles in CNS and smooth muscle function. Here we reveal an additional function in peripheral sensory transmission. We hypothesized that endogenous NO modulates the function of gastrointestinal vagal afferent endings. The nonselective NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride increased responses to tactile mechanical stimuli of mucosal afferent endings in two species, in some cases severalfold. This was mimicked by a neuronal NOS inhibitor but not an endothelial NOS inhibitor. NOS inhibitors did not affect the responsiveness of smooth muscle afferent endings, suggesting that the endogenous source of NO is exclusively accessible to mucosal receptors. The role of the NO-soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC)–cGMP pathway was confirmed using the sGC inhibitor 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxaline-1-one and the cGMP phosphodiesterase 5' inhibitor sildenafil. The first enhanced and the second inhibited mechanosensory function. Exogenous NO, from the donor S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine, significantly reduced mechanosensitivity of both types of ending. Up to one-third of stomach-projecting afferent neurons in the nodose ganglia expressed neuronal NOS (nNOS). However, anterograde-traced vagal endings were nNOS negative, indicating NOS is not transported peripherally and there are alternative sources of NO for afferent modulation. A subpopulation of enteroendocrine cells in the gut mucosa were nNOS positive, which were found anatomically in close apposition with mucosal vagal afferent endings. These results indicate an inhibitory neuromodulatory role of epithelial NO, which targets a select population of vagal afferents. This interaction is likely to play a role in generation of symptoms and behaviors from the upper gastrointestinal system.
Keywords: Esophagus; Stomach; Gastric Mucosa; Vagus Nerve; Animals; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Ferrets; Mice; Nitric Oxide; Wheat Germ Agglutinin-Horseradish Peroxidase Conjugate; Cholera Toxin; Penicillamine; Nitric Oxide Donors; Enzyme Inhibitors; Analysis of Variance; Physical Stimulation; Biophysics; Signal Transduction; Evoked Potentials; Dose-Response Relationship, Drug; Male; Nitric Oxide Synthase Type I; Sensory Receptor Cells; In Vitro Techniques
RMID: 0020090789
DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.6099-08.2009
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