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The localization of pulmonary stretch and deflation receptors was studied in anaesthetized, paralysed and artificially ventilated rabbits by recording the afferent activity in the vagus nerve while moving a double lumen balloon catheter along the tracheo-bronchial tree. The distributions of the two types of receptors were found to be parallel, with a(More)
We have studied the ultrastructure and physiological properties of the rabbit carotid body superfused in vitro. After 3 h superfusion, the ultrastructural features of the carotid body cells, nerve fibres and nerve endings are similar to those observed after in vivo perfusion with fixative. After 5 h superfusion, the fluorescence of type I cells and(More)
Glomus cells of the rabbit carotid body were destroyed by local freezing. Electrophysiological recording of baroreceptor afferent activities showed that carotid sinus nerve regeneration was completed after 3 months. Nevertheless, ventilatory reaction as well as chemoreceptor afferent activity were no longer observed in response to the usual stimuli of(More)
Vagal afferent activity was recorded from the cervical vagus simultaneously with intraluminal pressure and flow rate at the proximal duodenum, in cats anesthetized with pentobarbital sodium. Thirty-seven mechanoreceptors that adapted slowly to maintained pressure changes were found to be sensitive to the flow of saline through the pylorus. The passage of(More)
Carotid bodies, together with Hering's nerves, were excised from anesthetized rabbits 24, 48 or 72 h after single reserpine injections (5 mg kg-1, i.v. or i.p.) and were superfused in vitro. Some carotid bodies were processed for formaldehyde-induced fluorescence microscopy to assess catecholamine depletion. Twenty-four hours after reserpine treatment, most(More)