Journal article

Shapes and projections of tertiary plexus neurons of the guinea-pig small intestine

JB Furness, N Clerc, AEG Lomax, JC Bornstein, WAA Kunze

CELL AND TISSUE RESEARCH | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 2000

Abstract

The axons of neurons that innervate the longitudinal muscle of the small intestine in small mammals such as rabbit, rat, guinea pig and mouse form a network, the tertiary plexus, against the inner surface of the muscle. In general, because of their substantial overlap, it has not been possible to follow the ramifications of individual axons in the tertiary plexus. In the present work, the longitudinal muscle motor neurons were filled with marker dyes through an intracellular microelectrode, and their morphologies and projections were examined in whole-mount preparations of longitudinal muscle and myenteric plexus. Most neurons that were examined were in the small intestine (ileum and duodenu..

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