Joanna A. Wojtkiewicz

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Studies of the intrinsic and extrinsic innervation patterns of esophageal motor endplates (MEPs) are mainly confined to small rodents. Therefore, an immunocytochemical, denervation and tracing study was conducted on the pig, an experimental model in which the distribution of the striated esophageal muscle portion more closely resembles the human situation.(More)
The present study was aimed at disclosing axotomy- and inflammation-induced changes in the chemical coding of retrogradely labelled distal bowel-projecting neurons in the porcine IMG. Particular attention was paid to the changes in the expression pattern of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide and nitric oxide synthase (as a marker of nitric oxide) in affected(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution and the number of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript-like immunoreactive (CART-LI) neurons and the co-localisation of CART with substance P (SP), somatostatin (SOM), nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) within the enteric nervous system (ENS) in the(More)
A subpopulation of the pig inferior mesenteric ganglia (IMG) neurons projecting to the colon exhibit calbindin-like immunoreactivity. It is not known if there are any changes in the chemical coding patterns of these neurons during porcine proliferative enteropathy (PE). To answer this question, juvenile Large White Polish pigs with clinically diagnosed(More)
The presence and co-localization of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), peptide N-terminal histidine C-terminal isoleucine (PHI), pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP), somatostatin (SOM), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP) and the neuronal isoform of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) were studied in neuronal structures(More)
The main goal of our study was to investigate the chemical coding of the superior cervical ganglion (SCG) sympathetic neurons supplying the porcine parotid gland. Additionally, the chemical nature of the vicinal nerve fibers surrounding the parotid SCG perikarya was investigated. Fast blue (FB) retrograde tracing of the parotid gland and immunofluorescent(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a multifactorial progressive neurodegenerative disorder leading to severe disability and death within 3-5 years after diagnosis. The main mechanisms underlying the disease progression are poorly known but according to the current knowledge, neuroinflammation is a key player in motor neurons damage. Astrocytes constitute an(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the presence of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript-like immunoreactive (CART-LI) neurons and co-localisation of CART with vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (n-NOS), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), substance P (SP) and leu-enkephalin (LENK) in the enteric(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine changes in the density of sympathetic nerves in porcine ovaries with dexamethasone (DXM)-induced cysts and the alterations in steroidogenic activity and amounts of catecholamines in the affected gonads. Cystic ovaries were supplied by numerous sympathetic nerve fibers. The amount of noradrenaline in the cysts(More)
The present study examines the response of colon-projecting neurons localized in the inferior mesenteric ganglia (IMG) to axotomy in the pig animal model. In all animals (n = 8), a median laparotomy was performed under anesthesia and the retrograde tracer Fast Blue was injected into the descending colon wall. In experimental animals (n = 4), the descending(More)