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Transient receptor potential melastatin 8 (TRPM8), a cold-mediated ion channel, is well known to be expressed in primary sensory neurons; however, limited information is currently available on the distribution of TRPM8-expressing trigeminal nerve fibers in the brainstem. The present study showed the distribution of TRPM8-expressing fibers in the pons and medulla oblongata of the TRPM8 KO mice engineered by knocking in EGFP at the frame of the start codon of TRPM8. In addition, TRPM8-expressing fibers were also observed in the brachium pontis, middle cerebellar peduncle, the sensory root of the trigeminal nerve, and spinal trigeminal tract (sp5). Furthermore, TRPM8-expressing nerve fibers surrounded the somata of HuC/D-positive neurons in the sp5. Moreover, the distribution of TRPM8-expressing fibers from rostral to caudal was visualized in sagittal sections of the mouse brain. The present results also revealed that a high number of TRPM8-expressing fibers colocalized with CTB-labeled fibers in the sp5 following an injection of CTB into the whisker compared to mice's eye and ear. These results show the distribution pathway of TRPM8-expressing fibers in the pons and medulla oblongata and possible involvement in peripheral signaling from the trigeminal nerve. Copyright © 2022 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Erkin Kurganov, Kaho Okamoto, Seiji Miyata. Distribution of TRPM8-expressing trigeminal nerve fibers in the pons and medulla oblongata of the mouse brain. Journal of chemical neuroanatomy. 2022 Jul;122:102104

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