Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) has been immunohistochemically co-localized with substance P (SP) in capsaicin-sensitive, varicose axons supplying the skin, viscera and cardiovascular system of the guinea pig. After treatment with colchicine in vitro, 82% of SP neurons in the dorsal root ganglia contained CGRP-like immunoreactivity while 96% of CGRP neurons were immunoreactive for SP. Both CGRP- and SP-like immunoreactive material are transported peripherally and centrally from dorsal root ganglia. Thus, in tissues such as the gut where there are intrinsic nerves containing SP but lacking CGRP, CGRP-like immunoreactivity is a useful means of specifically labelling axons of most sensory neurons containing SP.
- calcitonin gene-related peptide
- guinea pig
- sensory nerves
- substance P