Patterns of innervation of neurones in the inferior mesenteric ganglion of the cat

Y. Jule, J. Krier, J. H. Szurszewski

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Abstract

The patterns of peripheral and central synaptic input to non-spontaneous, irregular discharging and regular discharging neurones in the inferior mesenteric ganglion of the cat were studied in vitro using intracellular recording techniques. All three types of neurones in rostral and caudal lobes received central synaptic input primarily from L3 and L4 spinal cord segments. Since irregular discharging neurones received synaptic input from intraganglionic regular discharging neurones, some of the central input to irregular discharging neurones may have been relayed through the regular discharging neurones. In the rostral lobes of the ganglion, more than 70% of the non-spontaneous and irregular discharging neurones tested received peripheral synaptic input from the lumbar colonic, intermesenteric and left and right hypogastric nerves. Most of the regular discharging neurones tested received synaptic input from the intermesenteric and lumbar colonic nerves; none of the regular discharging neurones received synaptic input from the hypogastric nerves. Some of the peripheral synaptic input from the lumbar colonic and intermesenteric nerves to irregular discharging neurones may have been relayed through the regular discharging neurones. Axons of non-spontaneous and irregular discharging neurones located in the rostral lobes travelled to the periphery exclusively in the lumbar colonic nerves. Antidromic responses were not observed in regular discharging neurones during stimulation of any of the major peripheral nerve trunks. This suggests these neurones were intraganglionic. In the caudal lobes, irregular discharging neurones received a similar pattern of peripheral synaptic input as did irregular discharging neurones located in the rostral lobes. The majority of irregular discharging neurones in the caudal lobes projected their axons to the periphery through the lumbar colonic nerves. Non-spontaneous neurones in the caudal lobes, in contrast to those located in the rostral lobes, received peripheral synaptic input primarily from the hypogastric nerves. Axons of the majority of non-spontaneous neurones located in the caudal lobes travelled to the periphery through hypogastric nerves. The results suggest that non-spontaneous neurones and irregular discharging neurones in the rostral lobes and the majority of irregular discharging neurones in the caudal lobes transact and integrate neural commands destined for abdominal viscera supplied by the lumbar colonic nerves. Non-spontaneous neurones in the caudal lobes transact and integrate neural commands destined for pelvic viscera supplied by the hypogastric nerves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-304
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physiology
VolumeVOL. 344
StatePublished - 1983

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    Jule, Y., Krier, J., & Szurszewski, J. H. (1983). Patterns of innervation of neurones in the inferior mesenteric ganglion of the cat. Journal of Physiology, VOL. 344, 293-304.