Pulmonary nociceptors are potentially connected with neuroepithelial bodies

Pulmonary Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA.
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Impact Factor: 1.96). 02/2006; 580:301-6; discussion 351-9. DOI: 10.1007/0-387-31311-7_46
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Airway sensory receptors regulate cardiopulmonary function by providing constant information about the mechanical and chemical status of the lung to the central nervous system (CNS). There are at least three airway sensor types: slowly adapting receptors (SARs), rapidly adapting receptors (RARs), and C-fiber receptors (CFRs). We recently identified additional A-delta fiber receptors in intact rabbits that are different from SARs and RARs. Having a high mechanical threshold, they respond to hypertonic saline and are termed high threshold A-delta receptors (HTARs). SARs and RARs monitor airway mechanical changes, whereas HTARs and CFRs sense chemical alterations and may serve as nociceptors. As with nociceptors in other tissue, the latter are activated during lung inflammatory processes. Also, the airway houses neuroendocrine cells aggregated in organoids called neuroepithelial bodies (NEBs). NEBs are richly innervated by nerve fibers from different origins. Similar in structure to the carotid bodies, NEBs are believed to be sensors, with at least some sensory fibers that have cell bodies in the nodose ganglia. Therefore, they may serve CNS reflex functions. Strategically located at airway bifurcations, NEBs may signal the chemical composition of or presence of irritants in the air. This study intends to explore the possibility that NEBs are associated with nociceptors.

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    • "NEBs release bioactive mediators and are closely associated with varied neural sources (vagal, spinal, and parabronchial) (Adriaensen et al., 2006). NEBs may be directly connected with airway sensory afferents in the lung (Yu et al., 2006). PNECs and NEBs contain many bioactive substances with growth factor and mitogenic properties, such as gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP), bombesin, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), and serotonin (5-HT) (Cutz et al., 2007). "
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    ABSTRACT: The epithelium of intrapulmonary airways in many species harbors diffusely spread innervated groups of neuroendocrine cells, called neuroepithelial bodies (NEBs). Data on the location, morphology, and chemical coding of NEBs in mammalian lungs are abundant, but none of the proposed functions has so far been fully established. Besides C-fiber afferents, slowly adapting stretch receptors, and rapidly adapting stretch receptors, recent reviews have added NEBs to the list of presumed sensory receptors in intrapulmonary airways. Physiologically, the innervation of NEBs, however, remains enigmatic. This short overview summarizes our present understanding of the chemical coding and exact location of the receptor end organs of myelinated vagal airway afferents in intrapulmonary airways. The profuse populations that selectively contact complex pulmonary NEB receptors are compared with the much smaller group of smooth muscle-associated airway receptors. The main objective of our contribution was to stimulate the idea that the different populations of myelinated vagal afferents that selectively innervate intraepithelial pulmonary NEBs may represent subpopulations of the extensive group of known electrophysiologically characterized myelinated vagal airway receptors. Future efforts should be directed toward finding out which airway receptor groups are selectively coupled to the complex NEB receptors.
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