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Distribution of FMRFamide-like immunoreactivity in the nervous system of the slug Limax maximus

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The distribution of FMRFamide-like immunoreactive neurons in the nervous system of the slug Limax maximus was studied using immunohistochemical methods. Approximately one thousand FMRFamide-like immunoreactive cell bodies were found in the central nervous system. Ranging between 15 μm and 200 μm in diameter, they were found in all 11 ganglia of the central nervous system. FMRFamide-like immunoreactive cell bodies were also found at peripheral locations on buccal nerve roots. FMRFamide-like immunoreactive nerve fibres were present in peripheral nerve roots and were distributed extensively throughout the neuropil and cell body regions of the central ganglia. They were also present in the connective tissue of the perineurium, forming an extensive network of varicose fibres. The large number, extensive distribution and great range in size of FMRFamide-like immunoreactive cell bodies and the wide distribution of immunoreactive fibres suggest that FMRFamide-like peptides might serve several different functions in the nervous system of the slug.

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Cooke, I.R.C., Gelperin, A. Distribution of FMRFamide-like immunoreactivity in the nervous system of the slug Limax maximus . Cell Tissue Res. 253, 69–76 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00221741

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Key words

  • Immunohistochemistry
  • FMRFamide
  • Nervous system
  • Neurotransmitter
  • Neurohormone
  • Limax maximus