Tachykinin neurokinin 3 receptor (NK3R) is a G-protein (GTP binding protein) -coupled receptor that is heavily expressed by magnocellular neurons of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN). Osmotic challenge is reported to activate NK3R expressed by magnocellular neurons and cause the NK3R to be internalized to the cytoplasm and perhaps the cell nucleus. In this study we show using immuno-electron microscopy that isolated nuclei from neurons in the PVN of osmotic challenged animals (rats) show a robust labeling for the NK3R. NK3R immunoreactivity was detected by Western blot in isolated nuclei of PVN neurons following the 2 M NaCl injection. No nuclear NK3R immunoreactivity was detected in control animals. NK3R antibody specificity was confirmed by small interfering (SI) RNA technology. This study establishes that the NK3R is trafficked to the nucleus of PVN neurons following a peripheral osmotic challenge.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Jul 31 2008|
- G-protein-coupled receptor
- cell signaling
- electron microscopy
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