Effects of senescence and citral on neuronal vacuolar degeneration in rat pelvic ganglia

Citation
E. Golomb et al., Effects of senescence and citral on neuronal vacuolar degeneration in rat pelvic ganglia, NEUROTOXICO, 22(1), 2001, pp. 73-77
Citations number
36
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
NEUROTOXICOLOGY
ISSN journal
0161-813X → ACNP
Volume
22
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
73 - 77
Database
ISI
SICI code
0161-813X(200102)22:1<73:EOSACO>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
A significant part of the morbidity in elderly men involves pelvic or-gaits and their autonomic neural regulation. Environmental stimuli also impair t he structure nndfrmction of pelvic organs. One of these factors is citral, a widely-used cosmetic fragrance constituent, which causes severe prostatic hyperplasia in rats. In this study, we assessed the effect of topical admi nistration of citral (30 days) on the morphology of pelvic ganglia (PG) in young adult and old Wistar rats. Neuronal vacuolar degeneration with preser ved nuclei of PG neurons was observed in untreated senescent, but not young rats. Citral significantly increased the rate of vacuolated neurons in old rats (from 3 to 14%), bur only slightly in young ones (from 0 to 0.5-0.3%) . Similar lesions were not found in inferior cervical or celiac ganglia, in either group. This shows that environmental stimuli enhance age-related pr ocesses of vacuolar neuronal degeneration in PG, and may contribute to the dysfunction of pelvic organs in the elderly. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.