Ultrastructural relationship between monoamine- and TRH-containing axons in the rat median eminence as revealed by combined autoradiography and immunocytochemistry in the same tissue section

Research paper by Y. Nakai, S. Shioda, H. Ochiai, J. Kudo, A. Hashimoto

Indexed on: 01 Mar '83Published on: 01 Mar '83Published in: Cell and Tissue Research


The correlation of dopamine (DA)-, noradrenaline (NA)- or serotonin (5HT)-containing neurons and thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH)-containing neurons in the median eminence of the rat, as well as the coexistence of monoamines (MA) and TRH in the neurons, were examined by subjecting ultrathin sections to a technique that combines MA autoradiography and TRH immunocytochemistry. The distribution and localization of silver grains after 3H-MA injection were examined by application of circle analysis on the autoradiographs.TRH-like immunoreactive nerve terminals containing the immunoreactive dense granular vesicles were found to have an intimate contact with monoaminergic terminals labeled after 3H-DA, 3H-NA or 3H-5HT infusion in the vicinity of the primary portal capillaries in the median eminence. Synapses between TRH-like immunoreactive axons and MA axons labeled with silver grains, however, have not been observed to date. Findings suggesting the coexistence of TRH and MA in the same nerve terminals or the uptake of 3H-MA into TRH-like immunoreactive nerve terminals, where silver grains after 3H-MA injection were concurrently localized in TRH-like immunoreactive nerve terminals, were rarely observed in the median eminence. Percentages of the nerve terminals containing both immunoreactive granular vesicles and silver grains after 3H-MA injection to total nerve terminals labeled after 3H-MA infusion silver grains were equally very low in 3H-DA, 3H-NA or 3H-5HT, amounting to less than 6.1%.