Journal article

INNERVATION OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL CANAL OF THE TOAD BUFO-MARINUS BY NEURONS CONTAINING 5-HYDROXYTRYPTAMINE-LIKE IMMUNOREACTIVITY

C ANDERSON, G CAMPBELL

CELL AND TISSUE RESEARCH | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1989

Abstract

The gut of the toad, Bufo marinus, was examined for evidence of enteric neurons containing 5-hydroxytryptamine-like immunoreactivity. Such neurons were absent from the stomach. They were present in the small intestine, with processes confined to the myenteric plexus. Immunoreactive nerve cell bodies lay on branches of the pelvic nerves supplying the large intestine; fibres were found in the submucosa of the posterior large intestine and in the muscularis external of the anterior large intestine. It is concluded, on morphological grounds, that the neurons in the small intestine are interneurons, whereas those in the large intestine are postganglionic parasympathetic motoneurons.

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