Journal article

IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF SYMPATHETIC AND PARASYMPATHETIC PELVIC NEURONS PROJECTING TO THE DISTAL COLON IN THE MALE-RAT

GB LUCKENSMEYER, JR KEAST

CELL AND TISSUE RESEARCH | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1995

Abstract

The pelvic ganglia are mixed ganglia containing both sympathetic and parasympathetic neurons that receive spinal input via the hypogastric (lumbar cord) and pelvic nerves (sacral cord), respectively. A recent study has utilised immunohistochemistry against synaptophysin (a protein associated with small vesicles) to visualise the preganglionic terminals in these ganglia. By selectively cutting the hypogastric or pelvic nerves and allowing subsequent terminal degeneration, the populations of parasympathetic and sympathetic preganglionic terminals, respectively, can be visualised. The present study has used this method in conjunction with retrograde labelling of pelvic neurons from the distal c..

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