Christian Schaaf

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The aim of this study was to investigate the neurochemical coding of myenteric neurons in the guinea pig gastric corpus by using immunohistochemical methods. Antibodies and antisera against calbindin (CALB), calretinin (CALRET), choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DBH), beta-endorphin (ENK),(More)
The enteric nervous system coordinates various gut functions. Functional studies suggested that neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, one of the most prominent among them being 5-HT, may act through a specific modulation of ascending and descending enteric pathways. However, it is still mostly unknown how particular components of enteric reflex circuits(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the organization of myenteric circuits in the guinea pig stomach. Intracellular neurobiotin injections followed by choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) immunohistochemistry and NADPH-diaphorase reaction were used to identify projections of cholinergic and nitroxidergic neurons. Neurons were classified as motor neurons(More)
Several different monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies to choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) were screened to identify effective antibodies for immunocytochemical marking of cholinergic neurons in the enteric nervous system. Excellent immunohistochemical results were obtained with two of the antibodies in the myenteric plexus of the guinea pig stomach and(More)
The polyphenol curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is the active componenet of the spice plant Curcuma longa and has been shown to exert multiple actions on mammalian cells. We have studied its effect on folliculostellate (FS) TtT/GF mouse pituitary cells, representative of a multifunctional, endocrine inactive cell type of the anterior pituitary. Proliferation of(More)
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