Journal article

Unusual autonomic ganglia: Connections, chemistry, and plasticity of pelvic ganglia

JR Keast, KW Jeon (ed.)

INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF CYTOLOGY - A SURVEY OF CELL BIOLOGY, VOL 193 | ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 1999

Abstract

The pelvic ganglia provide the majority of the autonomic nerve supply to reproductive organs, urinary bladder, and lower bowel. Of all autonomic ganglia, they are probably the least understood because in many species their anatomy is particularly complex. Furthermore, they are unusual autonomic ganglia in many ways, including their connections, structure, chemistry, and hormone sensitivity. This review will compare and contrast the normal structure and function of pelvic ganglia with other types of autonomic ganglia (sympathetic, parasympathetic, and enteric). Two aspects of plasticity in the pelvic pathways will also be discussed. First, the influence of gonadal steroids on the maturation a..

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