Advances in Vagal Afferent Neurobiology

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Bradley J. Undem, Daniel Weinreich
CRC Press, Jun 1, 2005 - Science - 556 pages
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Taking a comprehensive approach in which all aspects of the vagal afferent system are considered, from the terminals in the visceral tissues to the neural pathways within the central nervous system, this extensive text reviews the development, neurochemistry, anatomy, biophysics, pharmacology, and physiology of the vagal afferent nerves. The authors present experimental techniques used to investigate the development, morphology, electrophysiology and reflex function of the vagal afferent nerves, and include state-of-the-art reviews of vagal afferent neurobiology by some of the world's leading experts in these fields.
 

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Contents

The Embryology of Vagal Sensory Neurons
3
Vagal Afferent Neurons Neurotrophic Factors and Epigenetic Influences
27
VoltageGated Ion Channels in Vagal Afferent Neurons
77
Electrophysiological Studies of TargetIdentified Vagal Afferent Cell Bodies
101
Advances in Neural Tracing of Vagal Afferent Nerves and Terminals
123
Mechanotransduction by Vagal Tension Receptors in the Upper Gut
147
Chemical Transduction in Vagal Afferent Nerve Endings
167
Synaptic Transmission in the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius NTS
193
Bronchopulmonary Vagal Afferent Nerves
279
Vagal Afferents Innervating the Gastrointestinal Tract
315
Cardiac Vagal Afferent Nerves
351
Vagal Afferent Nerve Stimulated Reflexes in the GI Tract
379
Reflexes Initiated by Activation of the Vagal Afferent Nerves Innervating the Airways and Lungs
403
Axon Reflex and Neurogenic Inflammation in Vagal Afferent Nerves
431
Vagal Afferents and Visceral Pain
465
Electrical Stimulation of the Vagus Nerve for the Treatment of Epilepsy
495

Nitroxergic Modulation in the NTS Implications for Cardiovascular Function
209
Color Plates
236
Monoaminergic Modulation in the Brainstem Implication for Airway Function
247

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