Journal article

A neglected 'accessory' vasomotor pathway: Implications for blood pressure control

RM McAllen, AM Allen, BO Bratton

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

1. Distinct from 'regular' sympathetic preganglionic neurons, there exists a population of 'accessory' preganglionic neurons. The latter are distinguishable by their unmyelinated axons and their different functional properties. They synapse on the same ganglion cells. 2. Ongoing sympathetic activity is driven by 'regular' preganglionic neurons. 3. 'Accessory' preganglionic neurons drive hexamethonium-resistant ganglionic transmission: part of this is muscarinic and part not (possibly peptidergic or nitrergic). 4. 'Accessory' preganglionic neurons supply cardiovascular (vasomotor, cardiac, adrenal), but apparently not other, sympathetic pathways. 5. 'Accessory' preganglionic neurons are activ..

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