The presence of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors on lymphocytes has been demonstrated by radioligand binding experiments. Although the specific subtype(s) of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in lymphocytes is still unknown, some reports suggest the presence of the m2 subtype. In this study we analyzed the expression of m2 subtype mRNA in rat mononuclear cells, B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes by Northern blot hybridization and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Positive signals for the presence of m2 mRNA were found in rat heart, brainstem, cerebral cortex, corpus striatum and hippocampus, which were used as positive controls. On the other hand, no expression of m2 was detected in lymphocytes. These results indicate that mRNA for the m2 subtype is absent in rat lymphocytes and that one or more other subtypes may be responsible for the reported results in binding experiments.

Lack of m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor mRNA in rat lymphocytes / Costa, P; Castoldi, A. F; Traver, D. J; Costa, L. G.. - In: JOURNAL OF NEUROIMMUNOLOGY. - ISSN 0165-5728. - 49:1-2(1994), p. 115-24.

Lack of m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor mRNA in rat lymphocytes

Costa, L. G.
1994

Abstract

The presence of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors on lymphocytes has been demonstrated by radioligand binding experiments. Although the specific subtype(s) of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in lymphocytes is still unknown, some reports suggest the presence of the m2 subtype. In this study we analyzed the expression of m2 subtype mRNA in rat mononuclear cells, B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes by Northern blot hybridization and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Positive signals for the presence of m2 mRNA were found in rat heart, brainstem, cerebral cortex, corpus striatum and hippocampus, which were used as positive controls. On the other hand, no expression of m2 was detected in lymphocytes. These results indicate that mRNA for the m2 subtype is absent in rat lymphocytes and that one or more other subtypes may be responsible for the reported results in binding experiments.
Lack of m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor mRNA in rat lymphocytes / Costa, P; Castoldi, A. F; Traver, D. J; Costa, L. G.. - In: JOURNAL OF NEUROIMMUNOLOGY. - ISSN 0165-5728. - 49:1-2(1994), p. 115-24.
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