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Rohon-Beard neurones show substance P-like immunoactivity in their somas and in their centrally projecting axons. Peripherally, the morphology of their free nerve endings within the trunk skin has been shown using horseradish peroxidase staining. The excitation of Rohon-Beard neurones by natural and electrical stimulation of the skin has been examined using(More)
The mouse mutant ducky, a model for absence epilepsy, is characterized by spike-wave seizures and cerebellar ataxia. A mutation in Cacna2d2, the gene encoding the alpha 2 delta-2 voltage-dependent calcium channel accessory subunit, has been found to underlie the ducky phenotype. The alpha 2 delta-2 mRNA is strongly expressed in cerebellar Purkinje cells. We(More)
Neurokinin-1 receptors (NK1) are present within the respiratory medullary network and in the phrenic nucleus, which controls the diaphragm. We compared the efficacy of substance P (SP) at inducing changes in respiratory frequency or the amplitude of the respiratory motor output between NK1 knockout (NK1-/-) and wild-type mice, using the in vitro(More)
Mice lacking the NK(1) receptor (NK(1)R-/- mice) and selective, high-affinity, non-peptide, NK(1), NK(2) and NK(3) receptor antagonists were used to identify the tachykinin receptor subtype(s) mediating the central responses induced by neurokinin A (NKA). The peptides, substance P (SP), NKA and senktide and the antagonists were injected(More)
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