Journal article

Projections of pelvic autonomic neurons within the lower bowel of the male rat: An anterograde labelling study

GB Luckensmeyer, JR Keast



The tissues of the large intestine which receive an innervation by neurons of the major pelvic ganglia were identified following in vivo and in vitro anterograde labelling with the lipophilic tracer 1,1'didodecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate in the male rat. The primary target in the gut of major pelvic ganglion neurons is the myenteric plexus of the distal colon and the rectum. The serosal ganglia, on the surface of the most distal region of the rectum and the circular muscle of the distal colon and rectum were less densely innervated. The pelvic ganglia do not innervate the longitudinal muscle, submucosal blood vessels, submucosal plexus, or mucosa. The pelvic supply r..

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