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Yue-Xian Guo, De-Pei Li, Shao-Rui Chen and Hui-Lin Pan Distinct intrinsic and synaptic properties of pre-sympathetic and pre-parasympathetic output neurons in Barrington's nucleus Journal of Neurochemistry 126

Version of Record online: 20 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jnc.12290

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Control of Visceral Function by Distinct Neurons in the Brainstem

Neurons in the Barrington's nucleus control bladder and other visceral functions through projections to sympathetic and parasympathetic preganglionic neurons in the spinal cord. We found that these two groups of output neurons have distinct membrane properties and are controlled by different excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs. This knowledge improves our understanding of the circuitry and central mechanisms regulating visceral functions.

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