Preprotachykinin-A (PPT-A) mRNA levels in discrete rat brain regions were examined. Analysis of silver grains revealed a 19.2% and 31.5% statistically significant decrease in PPT-A mRNA in the dorsal and ventral caudate putamen (d-CPu and v-CPu), respectively, a 30% lower expression of PPT-A mRNA in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), a 33.7% decrease in PPT-A mRNA in the habenula (Hb), and a 30% decrease of PPT-A mRNA levels in the posterodorsal part of the medial amygdala (MePD). Results show that aging of the CNS is associated with widespread changes in tachykinin gene expression, suggesting that alterations in the tachykinergic system may have implications in the physiopathology of the elderly.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- Aging PPT-A in situ hybridization substance P
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology