Stanic D, Mulder J, Watanabe M, Hokfelt T. Characterization of NPY Y2 receptor protein expression in the mouse brain. II. Coexistence with NPY, the Y1 receptor, and other neurotransmitter-related molecules. J Comp Neurol 519: 1219-1257

Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
The Journal of Comparative Neurology (Impact Factor: 3.23). 05/2011; 519(7):1219-57. DOI: 10.1002/cne.22608
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Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is widely expressed in the brain and its biological effects are mediated through a variety of receptors. We examined, using immunohistochemistry, expression of the Y2 receptor (R) protein in the adult mouse brain and its association with NPY and the Y1R, as well as a range of additional neurotransmitters and signaling-related molecules, which previously have not been defined. Our main focus was on the hippocampal formation (HiFo), amygdaloid complex, and hypothalamus, considering the known functions of NPY and the wide expression of NPY, Y1R, and Y2R in these regions. Y2R-like immunoreactivity (-LI) was distributed in nerve fibers/terminal endings throughout the brain axis, without apparent colocalization with NPY or the Y1R. Occasional coexistence between NPY- and Y1R-LI was found in the HiFo. Following colchicine treatment, Y2R-LI accumulated in cell bodies that coexpressed γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in a population of cells in the amygdaloid complex and lateral septal nucleus, but not in the HiFo. Instead, Y2R-positive nerve terminals appeared to surround GABA-immunoreactive (ir) cells in the HiFo and other neuronal populations, e.g., NPY-ir cells in HiFo and tyrosine hydroxylase-ir cells in the hypothalamus. In the HiFo, Y2R-ir mossy fibers coexpressed GABA, glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 and calbindin, and Y2R-LI was found in the same fibers that contained the presynaptic metabotropic glutamate receptor 2, but not together with any of the three vesicular glutamate transporters. Our findings provide further support that Y2R is mostly presynaptic, and that Y2Rs thus have a modulatory role in mediating presynaptic neurotransmitter release.

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    • "The function of Y2R in anxiety is allegedly opposite of the Y1R subtype; however conflicting reports demonstrating both anxiogenic and anxiolytic effects mediated by Y2R make the role of this subtype in anxiety less clear. Y2R are generally considered NPY autoreceptors and evidence for their pre-synaptic localization has been demonstrated in humans and rodents (Stanic et al., 2011; Caberlotto et al., 1998). Central administration of Y2R agonists have failed to alter anxiety-like behavior in a number of studies (Broqua et al., 1995; Heilig et al., 1989; Britton et al., 1997; Sorensen et al., 2004). "
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    • "This hypothesis would indeed be in agreement with findings obtained in the context of food intake: mice deficient of the Y2 receptor are resistant to the anorectic effect of exogenous PYY 3–36 (Batterham et al., 2002), and pharmacological blockade of the Y2 receptor using a selective Y2 receptor antagonist abolishes the anorectic actions of PYY 3–36 in rats (Abbott et al., 2005). At high concentrations, however, PYY 3–36 may also bind to other Y receptor subtypes that are expressed in the CNS, including the Y1 receptor (Stanic et al., 2011). It thus remains to be explored whether the effects of exogenous PYY 3–36 treatment on incentive salience, short-term memory , and sensorimotor gating (Stadlbauer et al., 2013b, 2014) may be mediated by signaling at multiple Y receptor subclasses, or whether these may represent selective Y2 receptor-mediated effects. "
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    • "NPY and particularly the Y2 receptor play an important role in neuroprotection against excitotoxicity. NPY not only inhibits excessive glutamate release but also protects neurons from excitotoxic cell death, and stimulation of presynaptic Y2 receptors has been found to inhibit glutamate release (Silva et al., 2003; Stanić et al., 2011; Vezzani and Sperk, 2004). The single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in this study were selected based on their established functional effects. "
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