In the present study, the distribution of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)-stained fibers and varicosities are demonstrated in the lumbar spinal cord of the monkey at the light microscopic level. Immunostained fibers and varicosities form a dense plexus in laminae I, IIo, the reticulated region of lamina V, and in the region of the central canal. The intervaricose fibers consistently measured 1 μm or less in diameter suggesting a population of finely myelinated or unmyelinated fibers. At the electron microscopic level, two types of terminals were labeled: a glomerular type where one CGRP-labeled profile was indented by several unlabeled postsynaptic profiles and an axodendritic type with one or sometimes two postsynaptic elements. The most noteworthy cytologic feature of CGRP-labeled profiles was the presence of many relatively large vesicles with dense cores. These findings are steps towards understanding the synaptic interactions of CGRP in the monkey dorsal horn.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Nov 23 1987|
- Lumbar cord
- Primary afferent
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