Messenger RNA encoding the D2 dopaminergic receptor detected by in situ hybridization histochemistry in rat brain.
Najlerahim A., Barton AJ., Harrison PJ., Heffernan J., Pearson RC.
A 30 base synthetic oligonucleotide probe was used to detect the mRNA encoding the rat D2 dopaminergic receptor. On Northern analysis, the probe identified a single species of mRNA of approximately 2.9 kb, present at highest levels in the striatum but also found in the brainstem, neocortex and diencephalon. On sections, neurons containing high levels of the mRNA were detected in the striatum, the substantia nigra pars compacta and the ventral tegmental area. Lower levels of signal were seen over neurons in the hypothalamus, the frontal neocortex, and the globus pallidus.