Evidence of purinergic neurotransmission in isolated, intact horse sweat glands

Douglas Bovell, Christopher M. Riggs, Gordon Sidlow, Suzanne Troester, William Maclaren, Wallace Yip, Wing H. Ko

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Background: Fluid secretion by sweat glands in response to heat and exercise is underpinned by increases in intracellular calcium. In horses, this is primarily via β2-adrenoceptors, but studies in equine sweat gland cell lines have indicated a possible role for purinergic agonists. Knowledge of equine sweating stimulus-secretion mechanisms in intact glands from healthy animals would allow future comparison to determine whether these mechanisms are affected in equine anhidrosis. Hypothesis/Objectives: To determine whether purinergic agonists can induce changes in intracellular calcium in intact, freshly isolated equine sweat glands. Animals: Eleven healthy thoroughbred horses from the Hong Kong Jockey Club were used in this study. Methods: Freshly isolated equine sweat glands were loaded with the calcium-sensitive fluorescent dye fura-2 AM, and changes in intracellular calcium were recorded before, during and after stimulation by purinergic agonists. Results: Purinergic agonists ATP and UTP generated significant increases in intracellular calcium. Conclusions and clinical importance: The results show that it is possible to investigate stimulus-secretion coupling mechanisms by fluorescence imaging in equine sweat glands that have been isolated from fresh skin samples. Such isolated glands retain functional β2-adrenoceptors and P2Y purinergic receptors that couple to a calcium-signalling pathway. Using isolated, intact sweat glands therefore offers a very useful model for the further study of secretory processes in equine sweat glands, and using this experimental approach could facilitate a better understanding of how these mechanisms are affected in equine anhidrosis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalVeterinary Dermatology
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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sweat glands
Sweat Glands
Synaptic Transmission
Horses
horses
Purinergic Agonists
agonists
Calcium
calcium
Hypohidrosis
adrenergic receptors
secretion
Adrenergic Receptors
Purinergic P2Y Receptors
Fluids and Secretions
sweating
Uridine Triphosphate
Sweating
Calcium Signaling
fluorescent dyes

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Bovell, D., Riggs, C. M., Sidlow, G., Troester, S., Maclaren, W., Yip, W., & Ko, W. H. (2013). Evidence of purinergic neurotransmission in isolated, intact horse sweat glands. Veterinary Dermatology, 24(4). https://doi.org/10.1111/vde.12042

Evidence of purinergic neurotransmission in isolated, intact horse sweat glands. / Bovell, Douglas; Riggs, Christopher M.; Sidlow, Gordon; Troester, Suzanne; Maclaren, William; Yip, Wallace; Ko, Wing H.

In: Veterinary Dermatology, Vol. 24, No. 4, 08.2013.

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Bovell, Douglas ; Riggs, Christopher M. ; Sidlow, Gordon ; Troester, Suzanne ; Maclaren, William ; Yip, Wallace ; Ko, Wing H. / Evidence of purinergic neurotransmission in isolated, intact horse sweat glands. In: Veterinary Dermatology. 2013 ; Vol. 24, No. 4.
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