Histochemistry

, 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

  • Annikki Vaalasti
  • Ilona Linnoila
  • A. Hervonen
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00493249

Cite this article as:
Vaalasti, A., Linnoila, I. & Hervonen, A. Histochemistry (1980) 66: 89. doi:10.1007/BF00493249

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.

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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annikki Vaalasti
    • 1
  • Ilona Linnoila
    • 2
  • A. Hervonen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Sciences Box 607University of TampereTampere 10Finland
  2. 2.Endocrinology Group, Laboratory of Pulmonary Function and ToxicologyNational Institute of Environmental Health SciencesResearch Triangle ParkUSA