Suzanne M Cunningham

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Region-specific patterns of nerves with immunoreactivity to neuropeptide Y (NPY) have been described previously in the submucous plexus of guinea pig large intestine. Because these may have functional significance, the possibility of similar, characteristic variations of NPY-like immunoreactivity (NPY-ir) in the myenteric plexus was explored. Regional(More)
Since information about possible regional differences in the innervation of the guinea-pig large intestine is incomplete, a comparative study was made of the occurrence of neurones and nerve fibres of the submucosa showing immunoreactivity (IR) to neuropeptide Y (NPY) and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP). In addition, a quantitative analysis was made(More)
A systematic examination has been made of the active and passive electrophysiological properties and synaptic inputs of forty-four randomly impaled submucosal neurones in the proximal colon of the guinea-pig to compare these characteristics directly with those of submucosal neurones in the caecum (n = 70) and descending colon (n = 45). Within each of the(More)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating condition, the etiology of which is poorly understood, in part because it often remains undiagnosed/untreated for a decade or more. Characterizing the etiology of compulsive disorders in animal models may facilitate earlier diagnosis and intervention. Doberman pinschers have a high prevalence of an(More)
1. Intracellular recording techniques were used to examine the voltage-activated calcium channels mediating neurotransmitter release from nerve terminals of extrinsic, sympathetic origin and intrinsic (enteric) origin innervating submucosal neurones of the guinea-pig caecum. 2. The noradrenergic slow inhibitory postsynaptic potential (IPSP) was abolished by(More)
A number of electrophysiological studies have shown that neurones in the submucous plexus are endowed with three major types of synaptic potentials in response to nerve stimulation: a fast EPSP, a slow IPSP, and a slow EPSP. Combined electrophysiological and immunohistochemical studies enabled analysis of the types of neurochemically identified neurones(More)
1. The subtype of neuropeptide Y receptor mediating the selective inhibition of the slow inhibitory postsynaptic potential (i.p.s.p.) of submucous neurones in guinea-pig caecum was investigated by use of conventional intracellular electrophysiological recording techniques. 2. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) (1-300 nM) was found to depress or abolish reversibly the(More)
The occurrence and disposition of immunoreactivity for neuropeptide Y (NPY) was investigated in the submucosa of guinea-pig caecum. There were few NPY-immunoreactive neurones but intraganglionic varicose fibres were so numerous and strongly immunoreactive that some somata may have been obscured. In each neurone tested, exogenous application of NPY (1-100(More)
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