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An intracellular characterization of neurones and neural connexions within the left coeliac ganglion of cats.

By D L Decktor and W A Weems


Intracellular recordings were made in vitro from neurones located within the left coeliac ganglion of the cat solar plexus. Thirty percent of the neurones within left coeliac ganglia were identified as efferent neurones. Within this neuronal population, splenic-efferent and renal-efferent neurones were identified specifically. Neurones within left coeliac ganglia were characterized as either phasic (fast adapting) neurones or tonic (slowly adapting) neurones depending upon their prolonged firing behaviour. Electrophysiological properties of neurones varied considerably. The wide range of values obtained for both input resistance and input capacitance suggest that sizeable differences in either specific membrane resistance or cell geometry exist within the over-all neurone population. Frequency distributions of input resistance, time constant, input capacitance and current threshold for tonic and phasic neurones were found to be significantly different. Compound excitatory post-synaptic potentials were produced by stimulation of the ipsilateral splanchnic nerves in 69% of the neurones tested and in 3% of the neurones tested upon stimulation of the contralateral splanchnic nerves. Electrical stimulation of nerve fibres located in the coeliac plexus, the superior mesenteric plexus or the left renal nerves generated excitatory synaptic potentials in neurones located within left coeliac ganglia. It is concluded that neurones within the left coeliac ganglion are innervated by splanchnic nerve fibres primarily contained within the left splanchnic nerves, receive excitatory synaptic input from splenic, renal and other peripheral preganglionic fibres and have extremely varied electrophysiological properties

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1983
DOI identifier: 10.1113/jphysiol.1983.sp014801
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