Enteric plexuses of two choline-acetyltransferase transgenic mouse lines: Chemical neuroanatomy of the fluorescent protein-expressing nerve cells

M. Wilhelm, J. Josh Lawrence, R. Gábriel

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We studied cholinergic circuit elements in the enteric nervous system (ENS) of two distinct transgenic mouse lines in which fluorescent protein expression was driven by the choline-acetyltransferase (ChAT) promoter. In the first mouse line, green fluorescent protein was fused to the tau gene. This construct allowed the visualization of the fiber tracts and ganglia, however the nerve cells were poorly resolved. In the second mouse line (ChATcre-YFP), CRE/loxP recombination yielded cytosolic expression of yellow fluorescent protein (YFP). In these preparations the morphology of enteric neurons could be well studied. We also determined the neurochemical identity of ENS neurons in muscular and submucous layers using antibodies against YFP, calretinin (CALR), calbindin (CALB), and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP). Confocal microscopic imaging was used to visualize fluorescently-conjugated secondary antibodies. In ChATcre-YFP preparations, YFP was readily apparent in somatodendritic regions of ENS neurons. In the myenteric plexus, YFP/CALR/VIP staining revealed that 34% of cholinergic cells co-labeled with CALR. Few single-stained CR-positive cells were observed. Neither YFP nor CALR co-localized with VIP. In GFP/CALB/CALR staining, all co-localization combinations were represented. In the submucosal plexus, YFP/CALR/VIP staining revealed discrete neuronal populations. However, in separate preparations, double labeling was observed for YFP/CALR and CALR/VIP. In YFP/CALR/CALB staining, all combinations of double staining and triple labeling were verified. In conclusion, the neurochemical coding of ENS neurons in these mouse lines is consistent with many observations in non-transgenic animals. Thus, they provide useful tools for physiological and pharmacological studies on distinct neurochemical subtypes of ENS neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-83
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Research Bulletin
Volume111
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015

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Neuroanatomy
Choline O-Acetyltransferase
Calbindin 2
Transgenic Mice
Neurons
Enteric Nervous System
Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide
Proteins
Calbindins
Staining and Labeling
Cholinergic Agents
Submucous Plexus
Myenteric Plexus
Antibodies
Green Fluorescent Proteins
Ganglia
Genetic Recombination

Keywords

  • Calcium-binding proteins
  • Cholinergic neuron
  • Enteric motoneurons
  • Green and yellow fluorescent protein
  • Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide

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  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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