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Histochemical localization of adenylate cyclase in cultured sympathetic neurons

  • Heikki Hervonen
  • Leena Rechardt


The catecholamine-stimulated adenylate cyclase activity was histochemically demonstrated at ultrastructural level in the cultured neurons of the sympathetic ganglia of the chick embryo.

Adenylate cyclase activity was demonstrated in the axolemma of the axons and axon terminals, however not inside the axons. Heavy precipitates of the enzymatic reaction product was observed intracellularly in some cell processes identified as dendrites of the sympathetic neurons.

In contrast to the extensive reaction in the neuropil, the reaction for the catecholamine-stimulated adenylate cyclase was scarse in the perikarya of the neurons. Only occasional spots of adenylate cyclase activity could be demonstrated in the plasmalemma of some neurons, and no reaction product was observed in the cytoplasm.

No difference in the localization of the adenylate cyclase activity was observed when either dopamine or noradrenaline were used for stimulation.

The possible roles of the catecholamine-stimulated adenylate cyclase in the function of the interneuronal connnections between the aminergic neurons of the sympathetic ganglion are discussed.


Public Health Dopamine Noradrenaline Enzymatic Reaction Adenylate Cyclase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heikki Hervonen
    • 1
  • Leena Rechardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinki 17Finland

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