Journal article

Characterisation of the adventitial rectal ganglia in the male rat by their immunohistochemical features and projections

GB Luckensmeyer, JR Keast

JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE NEUROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 1998

Abstract

In recent years, considerable progress has been made in characterising the neural circuitry of the pelvic plexus, particularly in the male rat. However, the small ganglia on the adventitial surface of the rectum remain largely unstudied. We have used immunohistochemistry and retrograde tracing techniques to determine the content and projections of these neurons. The adventitial ganglia contain 600-1,000 neurons. All of these are immunoreactive for choline acetyltransferase, 44% are immunoreactive for calbindin, and 35% are immunoreactive for vasoactive intestinal peptide. Very few (1-5%) adventitial neurons contain tyrosine hydroxylase or neuropeptide Y. In contrast, most adventitial neurons..

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