P R Monfils

Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Publications (3)7.7 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Arginine vasopressin (AVP) plays an important role in the regulation of secretory function and hemodynamics of choroid plexus, the primary site of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) production. In the present study, localization of AVP and its transcripts in choroid plexus of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats was studied by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization histochemistry, respectively. For immunohistochemical analysis, AVP-specific polyclonal rabbit antibody was employed. Plasmid, pGrVP, containing a 232-bp fragment of rat AVP cDNA encoding the C-terminus of proAVP, was used as a probe to detect AVP mRNA. AVP-immunoreactive product was predominantly localized close to the apical (CSF-facing) membrane of choroidal epithelium while AVP transcripts were distributed throughout the cytoplasm of the cells. Our findings indicate that AVP is synthesized in choroid plexus epithelium, which suggests autocrine and/or paracrine actions of this peptide in choroidal tissue.
    Molecular Brain Research 09/1997; 48(1):67-72. · 2.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nitric oxide (NO) has recently been shown to regulate blood flow to choroid plexus, a specialized brain structure responsible for production of most of cerebrospinal fluid. In the present study, we used a specific polyclonal rabbit antibody against the neuronal isoform of NO synthase (NOS), a synthetic enzyme for NO, to determine the localization of NOS in the choroid plexus of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats. NOS-containing nerve fibers were found in the anterior choroidal artery and its branches, and in stromal blood microvessels. Chronic denervation experiments indicated that these nerve fibers originate predominantly from the sphenopalatine ganglion. NOS-immunopositive staining was also detected in the cytoplasm of choroidal epithelial cells. NADPH-diaphorase, a histochemical marker for NOS, was found to colocalize with NOS-immunoreactive product in both nerve fibers and choroidal epithelium. Both neuronal and epithelium-derived NO may regulate secretory function and hemodynamics of choroidal tissue.
    Cell and Tissue Research 07/1996; 285(3):411-418. · 3.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Choroid plexus is the major source of cerebrospinal fluid. The hemodynamics and secretory function of this tissue are controlled by multiple endocrine and neural mechanisms. Nitric oxide (NO) has been demonstrated to play an important role in regulating choroidal blood flow. In the present study, performed on adult male Sprague-Dawley rats, we employed a NADPH-diaphorase (NADPH-d) histochemical method to localize nitrergic innervation of choroidal blood vessels. This approach was based on previous observations that NADPH-d colocalizes with NO synthase, a synthetic enzyme for NO, in the central and peripheral nervous systems. NADPH-d-positive nerve fibers were found to accompany both large arteries and veins and blood microvessels (possibly arterioles) located in choroidal stroma. NADPH-d reaction product was also localized to the vascular endothelial lining and choroidal epithelial cells. All the above sources of NO may play important roles in the regulation of secretory and hemodynamic functions of the choroid plexus.
    Neuroscience Letters 05/1996; 208(3):179-82. · 2.03 Impact Factor