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    Adrenergic receptors are mediators of adrenergic and noradrenergic modulation throughout the brain. Previous studies have provided evidence for the expression of adrenergic receptors in the midbrain auditory nucleus, the inferior colliculus (IC), but have not examined the cellular patterns of expression in detail. Here, we utilize multichannel fluorescent in situ hybridization to detect the expression of adrenergic receptor-encoding mRNA in the inferior colliculus of male and female mice. We found expression of α1 , α2A , and β2 receptor-encoding mRNA throughout all areas of the IC. While we observed similar levels of expression of α1 receptor-encoding mRNA across the subregions of the IC, α2A and β2 receptor-encoding mRNA was expressed differentially. To account for developmental changes in noradrenergic receptor expression, we measured expression levels in mice aged P15, P20, and P60. We observed little change in levels of expression across these ages. To ascertain the modulatory potential of multiple adrenergic receptor subtypes in a single IC cell, we measured co-expression of α1 , α2A , and β2 receptor-encoding mRNA. We found greater proportions of cells in the IC that expressed no adrenergic receptor-encoding mRNA, α1 and α2A adrenergic receptor-encoding mRNA, and α1, α2A, and β2 receptor-encoding mRNA than would be predicted by independent expression of each receptor subtype. These data suggest a coordinated pattern of adrenergic receptor expression in the IC and provide the first evidence for adrenergic receptor expression and co-expression in the subregions of the mouse auditory midbrain. © 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC.


    Charles A Williams, Kimberly E Miller, Nisa P Williams, Christine V Portfors, David J Perkel. Distribution and co-expression of adrenergic receptor-encoding mRNA in the mouse inferior colliculus. The Journal of comparative neurology. 2021 Jun;529(8):1743-1755

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