Heather L. Robbins

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Adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) excites 70-90% of enteric neurons through P2X type purine receptors, and is likely to be an enteric neurotransmitter. Recent studies indicate that the P2X2 subunit is expressed by specific subgroups of enteric neurons, and that there are enteric neurons that are responsive to ATP but lack this subunit. In the present work, we(More)
The distribution of P2X2 purine receptor subunit immunoreactivity has been investigated in the mouse gastrointestinal tract. Immunoreactivity occurred in intraganglionic laminar endings (IGLEs) associated with myenteric ganglia throughout the gastrointestinal tract. In the esophagus, IGLEs supplied every myenteric ganglion. The proportion of ganglia(More)
The P2X2 subtype of purine receptor was localised by immunohistochemistry to nerve cells of the myenteric ganglia of the stomach, small and large intestines of the guinea-pig, and nerve cells of submucosal ganglia in the intestine. Nerve cells with strong and with weak immunoreactivity could be distinguished. Immunoreactivity in both strongly and weakly(More)
Cholinergic neurons have been revealed in the enteric nervous system by functional and biochemical studies but not by antibodies that provide excellent localisation of the synthesising enzyme, choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), in the central nervous system. In order to determine whether a newly described peripheral form of ChAT (pChAT) is a ChAT enzyme of(More)
The physiological properties, shapes, projections and neurochemistries of Dogiel type II neurons have been thoroughly investigated in the guinea-pig intestine in which these neurons have been identified as intrinsic primary afferent neurons. Dogiel type II neurons in the myenteric ganglia of mice have similar physiological properties to those in guinea-pigs(More)
The locations of cell bodies of sympathetic neurons projecting to the stomach, the duodenum, the ileum, the colon, the spleen and the pancreas have been studied using retrograde tracing. Projections arose from both pre- and paravertebral ganglia. In the rat, the prevertebral ganglia are the paired coeliac ganglia lying caudo-lateral to the root of the(More)
We investigated the responses of morphologically identified myenteric neurons of the guinea-pig ileum to inflammation that was induced by the intraluminal injection of trinitrobenzene sulphonate, 6 or 7 days previously. Electrophysiological properties were examined with intracellular microelectrodes using in vitro preparations from the inflamed or control(More)
Truncal vagotomy can cause reduced food intake and weight loss in humans and laboratory animals. In order to investigate some of the factors that might contribute to this effect, we studied changes in ingestive behaviour, whole body and organ weights, serum leptin and hypothalamic neuropeptide Y in rats with bilateral vagal section, bilateral splanchnic(More)
IK channels, which had been previously found in hemopoetically derived cells (including erythrocytes and lymphocytes) and epithelial cells, where they regulate proliferation, cell volume regulation and secretion, have only recently been discovered in neurons, where they had previously been claimed not to occur. Based on immunohistochemical detection of IK(More)
Recent functional evidence suggests that intermediate conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (IK channels) occur in neurons in the small intestine and in mucosal epithelial cells in the colon. This study was undertaken to investigate whether IK channel immunoreactivity occurs at these and at other sites in the gastrointestinal tract of the rat. IK(More)