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Sensory afferents from the gastrointestinal tract

Handbook of Physiology, The Gastrointestinal System, Motility and Circulation

  1. David Grundy,
  2. Tim Scratcherd

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp060116

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Grundy, D. and Scratcherd, T. 2011. Sensory afferents from the gastrointestinal tract. Comprehensive Physiology. 593–620.

Author Information

  1. Department of Physiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Visceral Nerves as Sensory Nerves
    • 1.1
      Pathways to the Central Nervous System
  • 2
    Classification of Gastrointestinal Receptors
  • 3
    Sensory Code
  • 4
    Methodology
  • 5
    Mucosal Receptors
    • 5.1
      Spontaneous Activity
    • 5.2
      Mechanosensitivity
    • 5.3
      Receptive Fields
    • 5.4
      Chemosensitivity
    • 5.5
      Thermoreceptors
  • 6
    Muscle Receptors
    • 6.1
      In-Series Tension Receptors
  • 7
    Serosal and Mesenteric Receptors
    • 7.1
      Receptive Fields
    • 7.2
      Spontaneous Activity
    • 7.3
      Response Characteristics
  • 8
    Functional Specificity and Transduction of Stimuli
  • 9
    Spontaneous Activity in Gastrointestinal Afferents
  • 10
    Rate of Adaptation
  • 11
    Modulation of Receptor Activity
  • 12
    Functional Significance of Gastrointestinal Receptors
    • 12.1
      Mucosal Receptors
    • 12.2
      Muscle Receptors
  • 13
    Serosal and Mesenteric Receptors
  • 14
    Conclusions