Journal article

Multiple neural circuits mediating airway sensations: Recent advances in the neurobiology of the urge-to-cough

Alexandria K Driessen, Michael J Farrell, Stuart B Mazzone, Alice E McGovern

RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2016

Abstract

The respiratory system is densely innervated by sensory neurons arising from the jugular (superior) and nodose (inferior) vagal ganglia. However, a distinction exists between jugular and nodose neurons as these ganglia developmentally originate from the neural crest and the epibranchial placodes, respectively. This different embryological origin underpins an important source of heterogeneity in vagal afferent biology, and may extend to include fundamentally different central neural circuits that are in receipt of jugular versus nodose afferent inputs. Indeed, recent studies using viral tract tracing and human brain imaging support the notion that airway sensors contribute inputs to multiple ..

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