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The effects of ageing on the distribution of vesicular acetylcholine transporter immunoreactive inputs to pelvic motoneurons of male Wistar rats

Ranson, R. N., Dowling, P., Santer, Robert Murray and Watson, Alan Hugh David 2007. The effects of ageing on the distribution of vesicular acetylcholine transporter immunoreactive inputs to pelvic motoneurons of male Wistar rats. Neuroscience 144 (2) , pp. 636-644. 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2006.09.036

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Abstract

Age-related changes in the number and size of large cholinergic terminals immunoreactive for vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT), were documented for the dorsolateral nucleus (DLN), retrodorsolateral nucleus (RDLN) and spinal nucleus of the bulbospongiosus (SNB) of the lumbosacral spinal cord of male rats. The most significant changes were a large increase in the number and size of cholinergic terminals within the DLN of aged animals, together with a small decrease in terminal number within the RDLN. No significant age-associated differences in VAChT labeling were seen within the SNB. In both age groups, SNB motoneurons projecting to the levator ani muscle received about 9 to 10 contacts from large cholinergic terminals. Ultrastructural examination of the terminals revealed structures likely to be postsynaptic subsurface cisterns that are characteristic of type C terminal boutons. Since both the DLN and SNB contain motoneurons innervating pelvic muscles and sphincters, these findings provide further evidence for a central cholinergic influence on micturition and sexual reflexes and suggest that this may remain robust in the face of ageing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0306-4522
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2019 02:52
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/65012

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