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Diabesity.eu2Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 2004, Vol. 16, 589–604 Cellular Localization of GABAA Receptor a SubunitImmunoreactivity in the Rat Hypothalamus: Relationship WithNeurones Containing Orexigenic or Anorexigenic Peptides M. Ba¨ckberg,* C. Ultenius,* J.-M. Fritschy† and B. Meister**Department of Neuroscience, The Retzius Laboratory, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
†Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zu¨rich, Zu¨rich, Switzerland.
Key words: GABA, hypothalamus, food intake, body weight, immunohistochemistry.
c-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, acts via two different typeof GABA receptors. GABAA receptors are composed of five subunits that belong to eight different classes.
Depending on their subunit composition, distinct pharmacological and electrophysiological properties areobtained. GABA is produced in certain hypothalamic neurones known to be involved in control of feedingbehaviour. We report the detailed immunohistochemical localization of four GABAAR a subunits inhypothalamic regions associated with the regulation of feeding behaviour. Immunoreactive structures for allstudied GABAAR a subunits were observed in the hypothalamus, but with subunit-specific staining patterns.
GABAAR a1 immunoreactivity was most prominent in the dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus and in thelateral hypothalamic area (LHA), whereas GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 subunits exhibited particularly strongimmunoreactivity in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus. In comparison, GABAAR a subunit immu-noreactivities were generally weak in the arcuate nucleus. In the ventromedial part of the arcuate nucleus,neuropeptide Y- and agouti-related peptide-containing cell bodies, which also are known to be GABAergic,were immunoreactive for only the GABAAR a3 subunit, whereas pro-opiomelanocortin- and cocaine- andamphetamine-regulated transcript- containing cell bodies located in the ventrolateral subdivision of thearcuate nucleus, showed GABAAR a1, a2 and a3 subunit immunoreactivity. In the LHA, GABAAR a3 subunitimmunoreactivity was demonstrated in both melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) and orexin-containingneurones. In addition, MCH neurones contained GABAAR a2 immunoreactivity. In neurones of thetuberomammillary nucleus, GABAAR a2 and a5 subunits were colocalized with histidine decarboxylase, amarker for histamine-containing neurones.
complexes (3, 6). Even assuming that a functioning GABA requires a combination of at least one a, one b and one c The c-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic system is the major subunit (7), the number of diﬀerent subunits renders the contributor of the inhibitory tone throughout the mammalian possibility of the constitution of a large number of pentameric central nervous system (1). GABA mediates its eﬀects by GABAAR combinations. However, experiments using sub- activating two types of receptors; the GABAA receptor unit-speciﬁc antibodies to immunoprecipitate native receptor (GABAAR) and the GABAB receptor (GABABR). GA- molecules, together with experiments expressing combina- BAARs are chloride ion channels that mediate fast synaptic tions of subunit cDNAs in mammalian cells, suggest that a transmission and belong to a superfamily of pentameric ﬁnite number of GABAAR subtypes exists in the brain (8, 9).
ligand-gated ion channels (2, 3), whereas GABABRs belong In situ hybridization and immunohistochemical studies show to the family of seven-transmembrane receptors (4, 5).
that functionally distinct neurones express different GA- GABAAR represents one of the most complex receptor BAAR subunits (10–12). Among the GABAAR a subunits, systems due to the heterologous assembly of receptors from a the a1 subunit is most widely distributed (10–12) and is repertoire of subunits (a1)6, b1)4, c1)3, d, e, p, h and q1)3), practically present in all brain regions. However, in the encoded by at least 20 genes into distinct heteromeric receptor hypothalamus, the GABAAR a2 subunit is the predominant Correspondence to: Professor Bjo¨rn Meister, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, The Retzius Laboratory, Retzius va¨g 8, SE-171 77Stockholm, Sweden (e-mail: [email protected]).
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GABAA receptors in hypothalamus Ó 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 16, 589–604 GABAA receptors in hypothalamus 591 To reveal the chemical identity of GABA AR a subunit variant (10, 12). The GABAAR a1, a3 AR-immunoreactive (ir) neu- rones, direct double-labelling was performed by combining rabbit polyclonal 5 subunit mRNAs are also found in hypothalamic nuclei, but in lower amounts (12).
AR a1 antiserum with mouse monoclonal antibodies to adrenocortic- otrophin (ACTH) (diluted 1 : 2000; Peninsula Laboratories, Belmont, CA, The hypothalamus is a vital centre which serves to maintain USA), a marker for pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)-containing neurones), homeostasis, including the control of food intake and body neuropeptide Y (NPY) (diluted 1 : 400) (31), chicken polyclonal antiserum to weight (13, 14). There is a dense network of GABAergic cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) (diluted 1 : 200; terminals within the entire hypothalamus, and GABA is AB5340P, Chemicon International, Temecula, CA, USA) or guinea-pigpolyclonal antiserum to GABA synthesized in neurones of several hypothalamic nuclei (1), BR1 (diluted 1 : 1500; AB1531; Chemicon International). Guinea-pig polyclonal GABAAR a2, a3 or a5 antiserum was which are known to be involved in control of feeding combined with mouse monoclonal antibodies to ACTH (Peninsula Laborat- behaviour (15). GABA has been described as an orexigenic ories), rabbit polyclonal antiserum to NPY (diluted 1 : 1600; Peninsula neurotransmitter (15), acting through both GABA Laboratories), agouti-related peptide (AGRP) (diluted 1 : 400; Phoenix Pharmaceuticals, Belmont, CA, USA), glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 GABABR (16–21). To increase our understanding of the (GAD65) (diluted 1 : 2000; AB5082, Chemicon International), melanin- mechanism by which GABA aﬀects body weight via concentrating hormone (MCH) (diluted 1 : 800; kind gift from Dr W. Vale), GABAAR, we studied the detailed cellular localization of orexin (diluted 1 : 800; kind gift from Drs L. de Lecea and G. Sutcliffe), histidine decarboxylase (HDC), a marker for histamine-containing neurones AR a1, a2, a3 and a5 subunits in the hypothalamus using immunohistochemistry. To deﬁne the chemical identity (diluted 1 : 2000) (32), chicken polyclonal antiserum to CART (ChemiconInternational) or goat polyclonal antiserum to GABA of hypothalamic GABA BR1 (diluted 1 : 1000; sc-7338; Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz, CA, USA). The combina- employed a direct double-labelling technique, combined with tions were visualized with Cy3-conjugated donkey anti-rabbit IgG combined confocal microscopy, to study colocalization of GABAAR a with Cy5-conjugated donkey antimouse IgG, donkey anti-guinea-pig IgG, subunits with hypothalamic peptides, which have been donkey anti-chicken IgG or with Cy3-conjugated donkey anti-guinea-pig IgG implicated as important regulators of food intake.
combined with Cy5-conjugated donkey anti-goat IgG, donkey anti-mouseIgG and donkey anti-rabbit IgG or with Cy5-conjugated donkey anti-guinea-pig IgG combined with Cy3-conjugated donkey anti-chicken secondary Materials and methods antibodies (all diluted 1 : 250 and purchased from Jackson Immuno-Research). After rinsing in PBS, all sections were mounted in a mixture ofglycerol containing 2.5% 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO; Sigma) to Animals and tissue preparations prevent fading of immunoﬂuorescence. Sections were visualized and imageswere obtained using a Bio-Rad RadiancePlus laser confocal scanning system Males Sprague-Dawley rats (weighint 150–200 g; B & K Universal, Stock- (Bio-Rad, Hercules, CA, USA). The excitation wavelength was 543 nm for holm, Sweden) were used. The rats were kept for at least 1 week under a Cy3- and 638 nm for Cy5-induced ﬂuorescence. Images were processed using 12 : 12 h light/dark cycle (lights on at 06.00 h) in a temperature-controlled the Adobe PhotoshopTM 6.0.1 software (Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA, room and had free access to food pellets and tap water. The experiments were approved by the local ethical committee for animal experiments, Stockholm,Sweden. The rats were anaesthetized with sodium pentobarbitone (injectedintraperitoneally, 40 mg/kg; Apoteket Produktion & Laboratorier, Umea˚, Sweden) and perfused via the ascending aorta with 50 ml of Ca2+-freeTyrode's solution (37 °C), followed by 50 ml of formalin-picric acid ﬁxative(37 °C) (4% paraformaldehyde and 0.4% picric acid in 0.16 M phosphate buffer, pH 6.9). Perfusions were thereafter continued for 6 min with ice-coldﬁxative. Some rats received an injection of colchicine(120 lg in 20 ll 0.9% Incubation with antisera to GABAAR subunits a1, a2, a3 and NaCl; Sigma, St Louis, MO, USA) into the lateral ventricle 24 h before a5 revealed immunoreactivity in many areas of the hypotha- perfusion. Colchicine arrests axonal transport, thereby increasing levels of lamus (Figs 1A–I and 2A–I). However, there were several transmitters, enzymes and peptides/proteins in the cell soma (22).
diﬀerences in the staining patterns obtained with the The brains were removed and postﬁxed in the same ﬁxative for 90 min at 4 °C and rinsed for at least 24 h in 0.1 phosphate buffer (pH 7.4) AR a subunit-speciﬁc antisera. Within the paraven- containing 10% sucrose, 0.02% bacitracin (Sigma) and 0.01% sodium azide tricular nucleus (PVN), only weak to moderate ﬂuorescence (Riedel-de Haen, Seeize, Germany). The brains were frozen and 10 lm intensity was demonstrated for all the analysed subunits coronal sections were cut in a cryostat (Microm HM560, Walldorf, Germany).
(Fig. 1A–D). There were several GABAAR a1-, a2-, a3- and a5-ir cell bodies in the magnocellular division of the PVN (Fig. 1E–H). In the arcuate nucleus, and in its ventromedial Sections were incubated overnight at 4 °C with rabbit polyclonal antiserum to aspect in particular, GABAAR a1, a2, a3 and a5 immunore- GABAAR a1 subunit (diluted 1 : 20 000), guinea pig polyclonal antisera to activity exhibited a weak staining pattern in comparison with GABAAR a2 subunit (diluted 1 : 2500), GABAAR a3 subunit (diluted other areas at mid-hypothalamic levels (Fig. 2A–D). In the 1 : 2500) or GABAAR a5 subunit (diluted 1 : 2500). All GABAAR subunit ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMH), immunopositive speciﬁc antisera have been extensively characterized (23–27) and theirsuitability for immunohistochemistry has been documented previously (10, cell bodies were found for all GABAAR a subunits (Fig. 2E–H); 28–30). The antisera were diluted in 0.3% Triton X-100, 0.01% sodium azide however, GABAAR a1 immunoreactivity was weaker com- (Riedel-de Haen), 0.02% bacitracin (Sigma) in phosphate-buﬀered saline pared with GABAAR subunits a2, a3 and a5 (Fig. 2A–D).
(PBS; 0.1 M phosphate buffer; pH 7.4; 0.15 M NaCl). The sections were rinsed in PBS and incubated with Cy3-conjugated donkey anti-rabbit or antiguinea AR a1 immunoreactivity was especially prominent in pig secondary antibodies (diluted 1 : 250; Jackson ImmunoResearch, West the dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus (DMH) and in the Grove, PA, USA) for 1 h at room temperature.
lateral hypothalamic (LHA) and perifornical areas (Fig. 2A) (A–E) Images of the sections from a hypothalamic level of paraventricular nucleus (PVN) obtained via confocal microscopy after incubation with GABAAR a1 (A), a2 (B), a3 (C) and a5 (D) subunit antiserum. All studied subunits showa diﬀuse staining of the neuropil in the PVN. At the subcellular level,presence of scattered GABAAR a1- (E), a2- (F), a3- (G) and a5 (H)-positive neurones, presumably magnocellular neurones, are observed. Schematic drawingsbased on the images illustrate the location of landmarks (I). dp, Dorsal parvocellular part; mpd, medial parvocellular part, dorsal zone; mpv, medialparvocellular part, ventral zone; pml, posterior magnocellular part, lateral zone; pv, periventricular part; 3V, third ventricle. Scale bars ¼ 100 lm.
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GABAA receptors in hypothalamus Ó 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 16, 589–604 GABAA receptors in hypothalamus 593 compared to the GABAAR subunits a2, a3 and a5, which demonstrated to contain GABAAR a3 immunoreactivity displayed a weak staining in these areas (Fig. 2B–D). How- (Figs 3E,F and 4C,D), but lacked GABAAR a1, a2 and a5 ever, stronger GABAAR a2-ir was also present in ventral immunoreactivity (Figs 3A–D,G–H and 4A,B,E,F). By contrast, parts of the DMH (Fig. 2B). A distinct border was observed most of the larger POMC- and CART-containing neurones between the internal and external layers of the median located in the ventrolateral part of the arcuate nucleus were eminence, where all subtypes showed stronger immunoreac- shown to contain many of the investigated GABAAR a tivity in the internal layer (Fig. 2A–D).
subunits (Figs 5A–H and 6A–H). Thus, GABAAR a1, a2 and a3 There were differences in the subcellular localization of subtypes were all present in the periphery of individual GABAAR immunoreactivity among different types of neu- POMC/CART-positive neurones (Figs 5A–F and 6A–F), rones. At high magniﬁcation, the GABAAR a subunit-speciﬁc whereas GABAAR a5 immunoreactivity was not detected in antisera labelled numerous, very ﬁne elements throughout the these neurones (Figs 5G,H and 6G,H). GABABR1-ir neurones neuropil, but also individual soma and their dendrites. There located in the arcuate nucleus exhibited immunoreactivity for were patches of immunoreactive material in individual all studied GABAAR a subtypes (data not shown). Many GABAAR a subunit-positive neurones, presumably corres- large MCH- or orexin-ir neurones in the LHA contained ponding to receptor aggregates. In most GABAAR a subunit- GABAAR a subunit immunoreactivity. Thus, GABAAR a2 ir neurones, the immunolabelled aggregates increased in and a3, but not GABAAR a5 subtype immunoreactivity was numbers to such an extent that the membrane appeared to be present in most MCH-ir neurones in the LHA (Figs 7A,B,C–F).
continuously labelled; however, some aggregates were of Orexin-containing cell bodies were GABAAR a3- (Fig. 8C–D), higher intensity and size. Within the arcuate nucleus, staining but not GABAAR a2- or a5-ir (Figs 8A,B,E,F). The fewGAD- of the GABAAR a1 a2 and a3 subunits was predominantly positive cell bodies seen in the LHA were not GABAAR a3- observed in the periphery of individual cell bodies, presum- or a5-ir (data not shown). However, GAD immunoreactivity ably representing an association with the plasma membrane was demonstrated in a few GABAAR a2-ir cell bodies in this (Figs 3A,C,E, 4A,C, 5A,C,E and 6A,C,E), whereas the GABAAR region (data not shown). The majority of the tuberomamm- a5 subunit immunoreactivity in addition showed a cytoplas- illary histaminergic cell bodies, identiﬁed with an antiserum matic punctate staining (Figs 3G, 4E, 5G and 6G). The amount to HDC, were shown to contain GABAAR a2 and a5 of cytoplasmatic staining obtained with the antisera to the immunoreactivity (Figs 9A,B,E,F). GABAAR a3 immunoreac- diﬀerent GABAAR subunits varied greatly among different tivity was weak and presumably located in nerve ﬁbres types of neurones and a subunits. Within the LHA, projecting to tuberomammillary neurones and not localized GABAAR a1 and a2 subunits were primarily localized to to the cell soma (Figs 9C,D).
the plasma membrane, whereas both GABAAR a3 and a5subunit immunoreactivities showed a cytoplasmatic staining (Figs 7A–F and 8A–F). GABAAR a2 subunit immunoreactiv-ity was also detected primarily in the periphery of individual neurones in the tuberomammillary nucleus (TMN) (Fig. 9A),whereas the GABAAR a5 subunit was distributed in the The present results showa w idespread distribution of cytoplasm (Fig. 9E). GABAAR a1- and GABAAR a3-postive GABAAR a subunit immunoreactivity in the rat hypotha- neurones were not detected in the TMN.
lamus in agreement with previously published data (10).
In untreated rats, direct double-labelling showed that Because it has been reported that GABAAR a4 and a6 GAD65-ir nerve ﬁbres and terminals surrounded and were subunit mRNAs are not expressed in the hypothalamus, present in close association with GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 these subunits were not included in this study (12). The subunit-ir cell bodies located in the arcuate nucleus as well as presence of diﬀerent GABAAR a1, a2, a3 and a5 subunits in in the LHA (data not shown).
neurones known to be involved in ingestive behavioursuggests a GABAergic inﬂuence via GABAARs on hy-pothalamic neuronal pathways regulating feeding behaviour Chemical identity of GABAAR-ir neurones (see below).
For the studies in which the GABAAR a-immunoreactiveneurones were chemically deﬁned, an approximate number of Cellular localization of GABA 15–10 sections were examined for each combination.
AR a subunit immunoreactivity In colchicine-treated rats, NPY- and AGRP-containing cell The GABAAR a1 subunit has been described as the most bodies located in the ventromedial arcuate nucleus were abundant a subunit in adult brain (23, 33–35). However, in (A–E) Montage of images of a midhypothalamic level obtained via confocal microscopy after incubation with GABAAR a1 (A), a2 (B), a3 (C) and a5 (D) antiserum. The GABAAR a1, a2, a3 and a5 subunits display diﬀerences in their staining patterns. All subunits showa diﬀuse staining of the external layer of themedian eminence, whereas the internal layer shows stronger labelling. The ventrolateral part of the arcuate nucleus (ARC) exhibit a more moderate level ofimmunoreactivity as compared with the low ﬂuorescence intensity of GABAAR a1 observed in the ventromedial part of ARC. GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 subunitsexhibit a prominent staining in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMH), which appears to be devoid of GABAAR a1 subunit immunoreactivity.
However, at high magniﬁcation, immunoreactivity is detected for all GABAAR a subunits in individual cell bodies (E–H). By contrast, GABAAR a1 appears tobe the dominant immunoreactivity in the dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus (DMH) of the studied subunits, although parts of the DMH also showratherstrong GABAAR a2 ﬂuorescence intensity. In the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA), the GABAAR a1 showa prominent staining pattern, whereas the otherstudied subunits are more moderately expressed. Schematic drawings based on the photomontages illustrate the location of landmarks (I). f, Fornix; 3V, thirdventricle. Scale bars ¼ 100 lm.
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(A–H) Images obtained via confocal microscopy of sections of the rat arcuate nucleus after direct double-labelling combining rabbit antiserum to GABAAR a1 (A) with mouse monoclonal antibodies to neuropeptide Y (NPY) (B) and guinea-pig antiserum to GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 (C,E,G) w ith rabbit antiserum to NPY(D,F,H). All studied subtypes are expressed in the ventromedial part of the arcuate nucleus (A,C,E,G). Comparison of (A,C,E,G) w ith (B,D,F,H), respectively, shows thatthere are GABAAR a3-ir neurones that contain NPY (thick arrows). There are also GABAAR a1, a2, a3 and a5-positive neurones that are NPY-negative (thinarrows) or GABAAR a1, a2, a3 and a5-negative neurones that are NPY-positive (short arrows). Scale bars ¼ 5 lm.
(A–F) Images obtained via confocal microscopy of sections of the rat arcuate nucleus after direct double-labelling combining guinea-pig antiserum to GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 (A,C,E) with rabbit polyclonal antiserum to agouti-related peptide (AGRP) (B,D,F). All studied subtypes are expressed in theventromedial part of the arcuate nucleus (A,C,E). Comparison of (A,C,E) w ith (B,D,F), respectively, shows that there are GABAAR a3-ir neurones that containAGRP (thick arrows). There are also GABAAR a2, a3 and a5-positive neurones that are neuropeptide Y (NPY)-negative (thin arrows) or GABAAR a1, a2, a3and a5-negative neurones that are NPY-positive (short arrows). Scale bars ¼ 5 lm.
GABAA receptors in hypothalamus Ó 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 16, 589–604 GABAA receptors in hypothalamus 597 the hypothalamus, the GABAAR a2 subunit appears to be the a2, a3 and a5 subunit immunoreactivities were found in the most dominating a subunit (10, 12). It has been described that cell bodies of the arcuate nucleus. However, there were the GABAAR a1 and GABAAR a2 subunits display an obvious differences among two subpopulations of neurones approximately complementary distributions; GABAAR a1 within the nucleus. NPY/AGRP-containing neurones were subunit immunoreactivity is prominent in regions where only positive for the GABAAR a3 subunit and thus lacked GABAAR a2 subunit immunoreactivity is absent or weak GABAAR a1, a2 and a5 expression. On the other hand, (10). This observation is in agreement with the present POMC/CART-containing neurones were positive for GA- ﬁndings. In accordance with a previous study by Fritschy and BAAR a1, a2 and a3 subunit immunoreactivity. These Mo¨hler (10), the PVN exhibited only weak to moderate results suggest that the ventromedial POMC/CART neu- staining for all the subunits analysed. In this study, we rones may be the main targets for GABA, whereas the detected several GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 subunit-ir cell bodies NPY/GABA neurones are not. In this context, it is in the magnocellular part of the PVN.
important to point out that there is a clear difference The GABAAR a1 subunit antiserum exhibited the strongest between the two neuronal population in the arcuate nucleus immunoreactivity of the studied subunits and the staining with regard to the GABAergic expression pattern. NPY/ pattern was different as compared with GABAAR a2, a3 and AGRP neurones are GABAergic, whereas POMC/CART a5 subunits at the mid-hypothalamic level. GABAAR a1 neurones appear not to be GABAergic.
subunit exhibited strong immunoreactivity in the DMH and In the LHA, there were GABAAR a1-, a2-, a3- and a5-ir in the LHA, whereas GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 subunits neurones. This region contains two food-stimulatory pep- displayed strong immunoreactivity in the VMH. It is tides, MCH and orexin, which are synthesized in two important to note that there was only weak ﬂuorescence separate cell populations (37, 38). MCH was colocalized intensity for all studied GABAAR a subunits in the arcuate with GABAAR a2 and a3 subunits, whereas orexin-contain- nucleus, although the immunoreactivity appeared to be ing neurones only had GABAAR a3 subunit immuno reactiv- stronger in the ventrolateral subdivision of the nucleus ity. Whether or not GABAAR a1 subunit immunoreactivity compared to the ventromedial part.
is present in these two cell populations could not be The subcellular localization of the GABAAR a subunits established because the antisera to the GABAAR a1 subunit, studied varied between different GABAAR a subunit and MCH and orexin, are all raised in rabbits. Consequently, hypothalamic regions. These differences may suggest possible direct double-labelling could not be performed. In colchi- variations in receptor turnover and or reﬂect presence of a cine-treated rats, a fewGAD65-positive neurones could be pool of receptor proteins not being inserted into the plasma detected in the lateral hypothalamus. We observed colocal- membrane. In addition, it can not be excluded that colchicine ization of GAD65 and GABAAR a2 subunit, but not with treatment effects the cellular staining of GABAAR a1, a2, a3 GABAAR a3, a5 subunits. Furthermore, there were some and a5 subunits because it has be shown that exposure of GAD65-positive neurones that were GABAAR a2-negative.
cultured neurones to colchicine appears to produce a stronger Presumably they may be GABAAR a1-positive because cytoplasmatic immunostaining of the GABAAR a subunits GABAAR a1 antiserum displayed strong immunoreactivity without affecting the total cellular level of the proteins (36).
in the LHA. Unfortunately, we were not able to conﬁrm However, we did not detect any obvious diﬀerences in cellular this assumption for the same reasons as described above.
staining for the diﬀerent GABAAa subunits when comparing The magnocellular HDC-containing neurones of the TMN untreated and colchicine-treated rats.
were the only cells investigated that contained GABAAR a5 In accordance with earlier studies, we detected a regional subunit immunoreactivity, although the subunit was seen in codistribution of GABAAR a subunits in rat hypothalamic all studied hypothalamic areas. In addition, GABAAR a2 neurones (10, 11). In spite of the fact that diﬀerent GABAAR subunit was detected in these neurones. However, histamine- a subunits have been demonstrated to be colocalized in containing cell bodies of the TMN did not exhibit GABAAR neurones with histochemical methods (10), it cannot be a1 or a3 subunit immunoreactivity, in accordance with earlier concluded whether the neurone-speciﬁc colocalization dem- studies (10, 12).
onstrates that the GABAAR a subunits are part of the samereceptor or, alternatively, are in different GABAAR com- Functional considerations in relation to body weight regulation GABA-synthesizing neurones located in the ventromedialsubdivision of the arcuate nucleus coexpress the orexigenic Chemical identity of GABAAR a subunit-ir cell bodies peptides, NPY and AGRP (39, 40). GABA is also colocalized One or more of the studied GABAAR a subunit immu- with NPY and some AGRP-ir nerve terminals within the noreactivities were observed in neurones containing media- PVN (41, 42). In agreement, microinjection of muscimol, a tors that stimulates or inhibits food intake. GABAAR a1, GABAAR agonist, into PVN stimulates feeding (17, 18, 41).
(A–H) Images obtained via confocal microscopy of sections of the rat arcuate nucleus after direct double-labelling combining rabbit antiserum to GABAAR a1 (A) or guinea-pig antiserum to GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 (C,E,G) with mouse monoclonal antibodies to adrenocorticotropic hormone; a marker forpro-opiomelanocortin-(POMC)-containing neurones (B,D,F,H). All studied subtypes are expressed in the ventrolateral part of the arcuate nucleus (A,C,E,G).
Comparison of (A,C,E,G) w ith (B,D,F,H), respectively, shows that there are GABAAR a1-, a2-, a3-ir neurones that contain POMC (thick arrows). GABAAR a5-expressing neurones appears to be POMC-negative (G,H; thin arrows). Some POMC-positive cell bodies are GABAAR a2-, a3-negative neurones [compareshort arrows in (C) w ith (D) and (E) w ith (F)], whereas all POMC-containing neurones appear to be GABAAR a1-positive (A,B). Scale bars ¼ 5 lm.
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(A–H) Images obtained via confocal microscopy of sections of the rat arcuate nucleus after direct double-labelling combining rabbit antiserum to GABAAR a1 (A) or guinea-pig antiserum to GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 (C,E,G) with chicken polyclonal antiserum to cocaine and amphetamine-regulatedtranscript (CART) (B,D,F,H). All studied subtypes are expressed in the ventrolateral part of the arcuate nucleus (A,C,E,G). Comparison of (A,C,E,G) w ith(B,D,F,H), respectively, shows that there are GABAAR a1-, a2-, a3-ir neurones that contain pro-opiomelanocortin-(POMC) (thick arrows). GABAAR a5-expressing neurones appears to be CART-negative (G,H; thin arrows). Some CART-positive cell bodies are GABAAR a2-, a3-negative neurones [compare shortarrows in (C) w ith (D) and (E) w ith (F)], whereas all POMC-containing neurones appear to be GABAAR a1-positive (A,B). Scale bars ¼ 5 lm.
GABAA receptors in hypothalamus 599 (A–F) Images obtained via confocal microscopy of sections of the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) after direct double-labelling combining guinea-pig antiserum to GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 (A,C,E) with rabbit polyclonal antiserum to melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) (B,D,F). All studied subtypes areexpressed in the LHA (A,C,E). Comparison of (A,C,E) w ith (B,D,F), respectively, shows that there are GABAAR a2- and a3-ir neurones that contain MCH (thickarrows), whereas MCH-containing neurones lack GABAAR a5 [compare short arrows in (E) w ith (F)]. There are also GABAAR a3-positive neurones that areMCH-negative (thin arrows). Scale bars ¼ 5 lm.
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GABAA receptors in hypothalamus (A–D) Images obtained via confocal microscopy of sections of the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) after direct double-labelling combining guinea-pig antiserum to GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 (A,C,E) with rabbit polyclonal antiserum to orexin (B,D,F). All studied subtypes are expressed in the LHA (A,C,E).
Comparison of (A,C,E) w ith (B,D,F), respectively, shows that there are GABAAR a3-ir neurones that contain orexin (thick arrows), whereas orexin-containingneurones lack GABAAR a2- and a5 immunoreactivity [compare short arrows in (A) w ith (B) and (E) w ith (F)]. There are also GABAAR a3-positive neuronesthat are orexin-negative (C,D; thin arrows). Scale bars ¼ 5 lm.
Ó 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 16, 589–604 GABAA receptors in hypothalamus 601 (A–F) Images obtained via confocal microscopy of sections of the tuberomammillary nucleus (TMN) after direct double-labelling combining guinea-pig antiserum to GABAAR a2, a3 and a5 (A,C,E) with rabbit antiserum to histidine decarboxylase (HDC); a marker for histamine-containing neurones (B,D,F). Allstudied subtypes are expressed in the TMN (A,C,E) (GABAAR a1 not shown). Note that most GABAAR a2- and a5-ir neurones exhibit HDC immunoreactivity[compare thick arrows in (A) w ith (B) and (E) w ith (F)]. GABAAR a3-containing nerve terminals appear to be localized in close contact to HDC-positiveneurones (C,D). Scale bars ¼ 5 lm.
Ó 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 16, 589–604 GABAA receptors in hypothalamus Furthermore, this hypothalamic site also gives an orexigenic BAAR a1, whereas the signal for GABAAR a2 is greater in the response to NPY microinjections (43). Because coadminis- VMH in the adult animals (58).
tration of NPY and muscimol into the PVN enhanced the In the LHA, MCH neurones were colocalized with the feeding over that evoked by NPY or muscimol alone (41), it is GABAAR a2 and a3 subunits, whereas orexin neurones only likely that GABAARs and NPY nerve endings are connecting expressed GABAAR a3 subunit immunoreactivity. By con- to the same target cells in the PVN. Whereas neurones located trast to the arcuate nucleus, the GABAAR a3 subunit in the ventromedial subdivision of the arcuate nucleus contain immunoreactivity was more cytoplasmic in the LHA. The orexigenic mediators (44–47), the ventrolaterally located function of tuberomammillary GABAARs composed of only arcuate neurones contain the anorexigenic peptides a-MSH the a5 subunit has been debated because pharmacological and CART (15, 48). It has been demonstrated that analysis of GABAergic currents in tuberomammillary neu- GABAergic ﬁbres form synaptic contacts with POMC-con- rones does not support the presence of the GABAAR a5 taining neurones in the ventrolateral division of the arcuate subunit or its dominant role in functional GABAAR (59). A nucleus (49) and that the GABAAR b1 subunit is localized on GABAAR that is composed of a GABAAR a5 subunit is these neurones (50). When considered together with our insensitive to zolpidem (a selective a- and b-subunit modu- results, it appears that POMC-neurones contain GABAAR lator) (60–62); however, it appears not to consist of any receptor complexes composed of a1, a2 and/or a3 (either as a zolpidem-insensitive tuberomammillary neurones (59). Hista- duplicate or in combination) combined with at least one b1 minergic neurones of the TMN project to many brain regions, subunit. Functional evidence for GABAARs on POMC including the hypothalamus (63, 64) and have been suggested neurones is provided by results showing that GABA and to be involved in several brain functions (e.g. suppression of muscimol inhibit a-MSH (an anorexigenic peptide derived eating and arousal) (65). In agreement with earlier studies, from POMC) release and POMC gene expression (51).
GABAAR a1 and a3 subunit-ir cell bodies were not detected Presumably, the GABAAR complex located on POMC/ in the TMN (10, 11), but we observed a dense innervation to CART neurones does not represent somatodendritic autor- histaminergic neurones of terminals in which the GABAAR eceptors because GABA has not been detected in POMC/ a3 subunit was expressed. GABAARs containing the a3 CART neurones (39, 40). The origin of GABAergic terminals subunit located in nerve endings apposing TMN neurones contacting POMC neurones has suggested to be GABA/NPY may act as presynaptic autoreceptors.
neurones located in the ventromedial part of the arcuate The extensive interconnectivity and prevalence of GAB- nucleus (39, 40) because the POMC neurones also contain Aergic neurones in the hypothalamus, combined with the postsynaptic NPY Y1 receptors (52). Further evidence for diverse structural assemblies afforded by the multiplicity of projections from the ventromedial arcuate nucleus comes possible GABAAR subtype combinations in hypothalamic from experiments conducted with chemical lesions of the nuclei, adds a daunting level of complexity to the GABAergic arcuate nucleus. Parenteral treatment of rodents with mono- inﬂuence on the control of feeding via GABAARs. The sodium glutamate, which eliminates all cell bodies in the restricted expression of the GABAAR a subunit on certain ventromedial arcuate nucleus, results in a reduced plexus of neurones may be essential to an understanding of the GAD- and NPY-ir ﬁbres in the ventrolateral part of the GABAergic modulation of feeding. Our results provide a arcuate nucleus (53).
morphological basis for the diversity of GABAAR on We noticed strong immunoreactivity of GABAAR a2, a3, hypothalamic neurones, which are presumably integrated in and a5 subunits in the VMH, which is a region suggested to the neuronal circuits regulating food intake.
act as a satiety centre (54). Infusion of GABAAR agonist intothe VMH increases food intake dose-dependently in lean rats and the effect is blocked by local pretreatment with theGABAAR antagonist picrotoxin (17). These results suggest This research was supported by support by EC FP6 funding (contract LSHM- CT-2003-503041), the Swedish Research Council (72X-10358-10A), the ARs located in the VMH are involved in the feeding system, where activation of GABA National Network in Neuroscience (NNN), A˚hle´n-stiftelsen, Dr P. Ha˚kans- sons stiftelse (Druvan), Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (confocal satiety-related neurones. Such neurones may be glutamatergic system), stiftelsen Elsa and Sigurd Goljes Minne, the Swedish Society for because the VMH contains many neurones expressing the Medical Research and funds from Karolinska Institutet. We wish to express vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (55). It has also been our sincere gratitude to Professor Tomas Ho¨kfelt for providing us with suggested that GABA inﬂuences the development and antisera for double-labelling.
organization of the VMH (56). GABAAR b3 knockout micedisplay an unusually large VMH. The GABA Accepted 4 May 2004 are densely expressed in VMH (12) during development (57).
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