Journal article

CORRELATED FUNCTIONAL AND STRUCTURAL-ANALYSIS OF ENTERIC NEURAL CIRCUITS

JB FURNESS, JC BORNSTEIN, TK SMITH, R MURPHY, S POMPOLO

ARCHIVES OF HISTOLOGY AND CYTOLOGY | INT SOC HISTOLOGY & CYTOLOGY | Published : 1989

Abstract

Views about the roles and nature of the enteric nervous system have changed dramatically in the last ten years. This system of neurons is recognized to control, through reflex pathways intrinsic to the gut wall, motility, transport of water and electrolytes, and blood flow in the small and large intestines. There are thus a range of neuron types in the enteric nervous system, including sensory neurons, motor neurons, and interneurons, involved in the control of each of these functions. The present paper deals with the recent efforts to provide an integrated functional and structural description of the nerve circuits. One of the challenges in this quest has been to identify primary sensory ne..

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