Immunohistochemical studies on the relationship between pineal body and superior cervical ganglia of the Korean native goat

한국재래산양 송과체와 앞쪽목신경절의 관계규명을 위한 면역조직화학적 연구

  • Lee, Heungshik S. (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Lee, In-Se (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Song, Seung-hoon (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Yoon, Sung-tae (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Hwang, In-koo (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Lee, Choong-hyun (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University)
  • 이흥식 (서울대학교 수의과대학) ;
  • 이인세 (서울대학교 수의과대학) ;
  • 송승훈 (서울대학교 수의과대학) ;
  • 윤성태 (서울대학교 수의과대학) ;
  • 황인구 (서울대학교 수의과대학) ;
  • 이충현 (서울대학교 수의과대학)
  • Accepted : 2000.04.13
  • Published : 2000.06.25

Abstract

The pineal body have been known to be affected by superior cervical ganglia, and most of its nerve fibers containing peptidergic neurotransmitters have been considered to be originated from this ganglia. To confirm this relationships, some peptidergic neurotransmitters were identified in both of pineal body and superior cervical ganglia of the Korean native goat, which were divided into two group; breeding season and non-breeding season. The localizations of two catecholamine-synthesizing enzymes; tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and dopamine beta-hydroxylase (DBH), were investigated by immunohistochemistry in the superior cervical ganglia and the pineal body of adult Korean native goats. Substance P (SP), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), neuropeptide Y (NPY) and galanin (GAL) were also identified in these organs by immunohistochemical and double immunofluorescent methods. In superior cervical ganglia, immunoreactivities for TH and DBH were confirmed in the same ganglion cells. The immunoreactivites for SP, VIP(only in male), NPY and GAL were identified in both of ganglion cell bodies and nerve fibers in the ganglia. CGRP immunoreactivity, however, was observed only in nerve fibers. Most NPY- and VIP-immunoreactive(IR) ganglion cells also contained TH. SP and TH were colocalized in the cell bodies, but not in the nerve fibers. TH immunoreactivity was shown in almost all of ganglion cells in the superior cervical ganglia. The immunoreactivity for NPY had some seasonal variation and was stronger in breeding season than in non-breeding season. In pineal body, lots of TH-IR fibers were observed throughout the parenchyma including the pineal stalk and most of them also contained DBH. SP- and NPY-IR fibers were also immunostained with TH or DBH. But a few SP- and NPY-IR fibers were not colocalized with TH or DBH. Exceptionally, a bipolar neuron-like cell was observed to be immunostained with NPY in the pineal body. A few CGRP and GAL-IR fibers were observed, while VIP-IR fibers were not present. It is concluded that most TH- and DBH-IR fibers as well as the peptidergic immunoreactive fibers of the pineal body might be originated from the superior cervical ganglia. Some peptidergic immunoreactive fibers, however, might be come from other regions of brain. We also suggest that NPY in pineal body plays a important role for pineal function. The seasonal variation of NPY immunoreactivity indicates that the synthesis and use of NPY may be different between in breeding and non-breeding seasons.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국학술진흥재단