Journal article

IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND SPINAL CONNECTIONS OF PELVIC AUTONOMIC NEURONS THAT INNERVATE THE RAT PROSTATE-GLAND

M KEPPER, J KEAST

CELL AND TISSUE RESEARCH | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1995

Abstract

Autonomic innervation of the prostate gland supplies the acini, and non-vascular and vascular smooth muscle. The activity of each of these tissues is enhanced by sympathetic outflow, whereas the role of the parasympathetic nervous system in this organ is unclear. In the present study, a range of methods was applied in rats to determine the location of autonomic neurons supplying this gland, the immunohistochemical properties of these neurons, the spinal connections made with the postganglionic pathways and the distribution of various axon types within the gland. Injection of the retrograde tracer, FluoroGold, into the ventral gland visualised neurons within the major pelvic ganglion and symp..

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