ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-100302-19
Regional distribution and cellular localization of beta(2)-adrenoceptors in the adult zebrafish brain (Danio rerio)
Ampatzis, K., and Dermon, C.R.
Date: 2010
Source: The Journal of comparative neurology   518(9): 1418-1441 (Journal)
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Keywords: catecholamines, hypothalamus, locus coeruleus, noradrenergic receptors, glia, teleost fish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Autoradiography
  • Binding Sites
  • Brain*/anatomy & histology
  • Brain*/metabolism
  • Humans
  • Neurons/cytology
  • Neurons/metabolism
  • Protein Isoforms/metabolism*
  • Receptors, Adrenergic, beta-2/metabolism*
  • Zebrafish*/anatomy & histology
  • Zebrafish*/metabolism
PubMed: 20187137 Full text @ J. Comp. Neurol.
The beta(2)-adrenergic receptors (ARs) are G-protein-coupled receptors that mediate the physiological responses to adrenaline and noradrenaline. The present study aimed to determine the regional distribution of beta(2)-ARs in the adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) brain by means of in vitro autoradiographic and immunohistochemical methods. The immunohistochemical localization of beta(2)-ARs, in agreement with the quantitative beta-adrenoceptor autoradiography, showed a wide distribution of beta(2)-ARs in the adult zebrafish brain. The cerebellum and the dorsal zone of periventricular hypothalamus exhibited the highest density of [(3)H]CGP-12177 binding sites and beta(2)-AR immunoreactivity. Neuronal cells strongly stained for beta(2)-ARs were found in the periventricular ventral telencephalic area, magnocellular and parvocellular superficial pretectal nuclei (PSm, PSp), occulomotor nucleus (NIII), locus coeruleus (LC), medial octavolateral nucleus (MON), magnocellular octaval nucleus (MaON) reticular formation (SRF, IMRF, IRF), and ganglionic cell layer of cerebellum. Interestingly, in most cases (NIII, LC, MON, MaON, SRF, IMRF, ganglionic cerebellar layer) beta(2)-ARs were colocalized with alpha(2A)-ARs in the same neuron, suggesting their interaction for mediating the physiological functions of nor/adrenaline. Moderate to low labeling of beta(2)-ARs was found in neurons in dorsal telencephalic area, optic tectum (TeO), torus semicircularis (TS), and periventricular gray zone of optic tectum (PGZ). In addition to neuronal, glial expression of beta(2)-ARs was found in astrocytic fibers located in the central gray and dorsal rhombencephalic midline, in close relation to the ventricle. The autoradiographic and immunohistochemical distribution pattern of beta(2)-ARs in the adult zebrafish brain further support the conserved profile of adrenergic/noradrenergic system through vertebrate brain evolution.