Gamma-aminobutyric acid B Receptor Immunoreactivity in the Mouse Adrenal Medulla


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The present study examined gamma-aminobutyric acid B (GABAB) receptor, GABA, choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) immunoreactivities in the mouse adrenal medulla. GABAB receptor immunoreactivity was seen in numerous chromaffin cells and in a few ganglion cells of the adrenal medulla. By using a formaldehyde-induced fluorescence (FIF) method, GABAB receptor immunoreactivity was observed in numerous adrenaline (A) cells, but not in noradrenaline (NA) cells showing blue-white fluorescence. This suggests that GABAB receptors may be present in the A cells and be related to the secretory activity of A cells but not NA cells in the mouse adrenal medulla. GABAB receptor immunoreactive ganglion cells were shown to be nNOS immunopositive by using a double immunostaining method. Weak GABA immunoreactivity was visible in some chromaffin cells and in the numerous nerve fibers of the medulla. By using the FIF method, weak GABA-immunoreactive chromaffin cells were shown to be in the NA cells showing blue-white fluorescence. GABA-immunoreactive nerve fibers were in dense contact in A cells, but not NA cells. GABA-immunoreactive nerve fibers closely contacted a few ganglion cells. Numerous GABA-immunoreactive nerve fibers in the medulla showed ChAT immunoreactive. This result suggests that GABA and acetylcholine may be released from the same nerve fibers and may have a secretory effect on the A cells of the medulla. Anat Rec, 296:971–978, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.