, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 89-98

Immunohistochemical demonstration of VIP, [Met5]- and [Leu5]-enkephalin immunoreactive nerve fibres in the human prostate and seminal vesicles

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Summary

The distribution of nerves containing immunoreactivity for the VIP and enkephalins has been demonstrated in the human prostate and seminal vesicles using the immunoperoxidase bridge. VIP-containing nerves were detected in both organs studied mainly in association with the epithelium, while nerves containing ELI seemed to be related to smooth muscle. Compared with the distribution of adrenergic and cholinergic nerves in the prostate marked differences in the density of the innervation were detected. The possible nature of these peptide-containing nerves is discussed.