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In detecting chemical properties of food, different molecules and ion channels are involved including members of the acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) family. Consistently ASICs are present in sensory cells of taste buds of mammals. In the present study the presence of ASICs (ASIC1, ASIC2, ASIC3 and ASIC4) was investigated in the taste buds of adult(More)
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are the members of the degenerin/epithelial sodium channel (Deg/ENaC) superfamily which mediate different sensory modalities including mechanosensation. ASICs have been detected in mechanosensory neurons as well as in peripheral mechanoreceptors. We now investigated the distribution of ASIC1, ASIC2, and ASIC3 proteins in(More)
Calcium-binding proteins play a critical role in vertebrate sensory cells, and some of them have been detected in mechanosensory and chemosensory cells of bony and cartilaginous fishes. In this study immunohistochemistry and Western blot were used to investigate the occurrence and the distribution of S100 protein and calretinin in mechanosensory (neuromasts(More)
The olfactory epithelium of some teleosts, including zebrafish, contains three types of olfactory sensory neurons. Because zebrafish has become an ideal model for the study of neurogenesis in the olfactory system, it is of capital importance the identification of specific markers for different neuronal populations. In this study we used immunohistochemistry(More)
The neurotrophins are a family of polypeptide growth factors that are essential for the development and maintenance of the vertebrate nervous system. In recent years, data have emerged indicating that neurotrophins could have a broader role than their name might suggest. In particular, the putative role of NGF and its receptor TrkA in immune system(More)
The aquaporins (AQPs) are a family (AQP-AQP10) of transmembrane channel proteins that mediate the transport of water, ions, gases, and small molecules across the cell membrane, thus regulating cell homeostasis. AQP4 has the highest water permeability and it is involved in hearing and vision in mammals. Here, we used immunohistochemistry to map the presence(More)
The occurrence of TrkB in the murine thymus (15-day and 3-month old) was investigated by Northern blot, Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Furthermore, the thymus of 15-day-old mice carrying a non-functional mutation on trkB was analyzed. Both trkB mRNA and 145 kDa TrkB protein were detected. In addition, isolated lymphocytes and stromal cells also(More)
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) in mammals monitor acid sensing and mechanoreception. They have a widespread expression in the central and peripheral nervous system, including the gut. The distribution of ASICs in zebrafish is known only in larvae and at the mRNA level. Here we have investigated the expression and cell distribution of ASIC2 in the gut of(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling through TrkB regulates different aspects of neuronal development, including survival, axonal and dendritic growth, and synapse formation. Despite recent advances in our understanding of the functional significance of BDNF and TrkB in the retina, the cell types in the retina that express BDNF and TrkB, and(More)
TRPV4 is a nonselective cation channel that belongs to the vanilloid (V) subfamily of transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels. While TRP channels have been found to be involved in sensing temperature, light, pressure, and chemical stimuli, TPRV4 is believed to be primarily a mechanosensor although it can also respond to warm temperatures, acidic pH,(More)