The effectiveness of transmission from noradrenergic nerves supplying the guinea-pig ileum was evaluated in normal preparations and in preparations taken from animals injected 18 h to 4 days previously with antiserum to dopamine β-hydroxylase. Degeneration of the nerves following the antiserum was monitored histochemically in the same preparations. A decline in the effectiveness of transmission, which paralleled the degeneration of the nerves, was observed. The earliest effects were detected at 18 h and the greatest effect was found at 2-4 days following the administration of antiserum. Binding of the antibodies has been detected as early as 6 h after injection. It is therefore concluded that binding of the antibodies to the nerves, per se, does not significantly compromise transmission, and that histochemical evidence of degeneration can be used to indicate the onset of functional deterioration of noradrenergic nerves following their exposure to antobodies to dopamine β-hydroxylase.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Experimental Biology and Medical Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1979|