Immunocytochemical localisation of neuropeptide-containing nerve fibres in human labial glands

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Different neuropeptide-containing nerve fibers (vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, substance P, neuropeptide Y) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) positive nerve fibers were investigated to clarify their role in the function of human labial glands using immunohisto- and immunocytochemical techniques. The distribution pattern of all immunoreactive nerve fibers was similar both in the control and in the Sjogren's syndrome specimens. A large number of thin varicose vasoactive intestinal polypeptide and NOS positive nerve fibers were seen around or in close contact with the acini. Some of the immunoreactive nerve fibers were associated with the salivary ducts and blood vessels. Substance P and neuropeptide Y immunoreactive nerve fibers were located mainly around the blood vessels. Immunocytochemistry demonstrated that some of the positive nerve fibers were in direct contact with the acini, blood vessels and with the lymphocytes. The gap between the membranes of immunoreactive nerve terminals and the target cells was 40 to 200 nm. The number of the nerve terminals in Sjogren's syndrome specimens was decreased and some degenerated axons were also found. These results suggest that these neuropeptides and nitric oxide might act as a neurotransmitter in the regulation of secretion and blood flow in the labial glands. These fibers might also alter the neuroimmunological processes, because the investigated neuropeptides are known to be immunoregulators.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Volume44
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1999

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Lip
Neuropeptides
Nerve Fibers
Blood Vessels
Neuropeptide Y
Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide
Sjogren's Syndrome
Substance P
Nitric Oxide Synthase
Salivary Ducts
Neurotransmitter Agents
Axons
Nitric Oxide
Immunohistochemistry
Lymphocytes
Membranes

Keywords

  • Human
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Labial glands
  • Neuropeptides
  • Nitric oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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