Afferent Innervation of the Esophagus in Cat and Rat

  • Winfried L. Neuhuber
  • Nadine Clerc


Afferent neurons connecting the gastrointestinal tract with the brainstem and spinal cord are important for regulation and coordination of the various motor, absorptive and secretory functions of this organ system. Thus, afferent signals and feedback are as much important for, e.g., an orderly progression of swallowing (Falempin et al., 1986) as they are for defecation and continence (for reviews see Christensen, 1987; Gonella et al., 1987). Other gastrointestinal functions are also more or less dependent on, or influenced by, afferent information (for reviews see Mei, 1983, 1985; Roman and Gonella, 1987). Visceroafferent neurons not only transmit information from the periphery to the central nervous system, but seem to be involved also in local “effector” actions in various organs (for reviews see Dockray and Sharkey, 1986; Holzer et al., 1987; Maggi and Meli, 1988).


Dorsal Root Ganglion Neuron Enteric Neuron Myenteric Ganglion Circular Muscle Layer Nodose Ganglion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Winfried L. Neuhuber
    • 1
  • Nadine Clerc
    • 2
  1. 1.Anatomisches InstitutUniversität Zürich-IrchelZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Laboratoire de NeurobiologieC.N.R.S.MarseilleFrance

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