The expression of nitric oxide synthase type I (NOS-I), the key enzyme for the synthesis of the gaseous neurotransmitter nitric oxide, was investigated by means of immunohistochemistry in the vomeronasal organ (VNO) of mice from postnatal day 1 for 2 months. The results show that NOS is expressed in extrinsic nerve supplying the developing erectile tissue of VNO (the so-called VNO pump) as well as blood vessels in the connective tissue laying under the receptor epithelium at postnatal day 1. At 8, 15 and 21 postnatal days, and at 2 months the density of NOS-1-immunoreactive nerves goes along with the development of the erectile tissue. From postnatal day 8 onwards, NOS-1-immunoreactive fibers are found also in the vicinity of the VNO glands. These data suggest that nitric oxide (NO) modulates VNO activity early after birth in the mouse.

Immunihistochemical investigatrion of the vomeronasal organ. Nitric oxide synthase expression in the mouse during postnatal development

MUCIGNAT, CARLA;CAVAGGIONI, ANDREA
1999

Abstract

The expression of nitric oxide synthase type I (NOS-I), the key enzyme for the synthesis of the gaseous neurotransmitter nitric oxide, was investigated by means of immunohistochemistry in the vomeronasal organ (VNO) of mice from postnatal day 1 for 2 months. The results show that NOS is expressed in extrinsic nerve supplying the developing erectile tissue of VNO (the so-called VNO pump) as well as blood vessels in the connective tissue laying under the receptor epithelium at postnatal day 1. At 8, 15 and 21 postnatal days, and at 2 months the density of NOS-1-immunoreactive nerves goes along with the development of the erectile tissue. From postnatal day 8 onwards, NOS-1-immunoreactive fibers are found also in the vicinity of the VNO glands. These data suggest that nitric oxide (NO) modulates VNO activity early after birth in the mouse.
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