R M Meszler

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The morphology of the nucleus of the lateral descending tract of V has been studied in species of two genera of pit vipers, cottonmouth moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus), and rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber and Crotalus horridus horridus). The nucleus is the site of termination of primary afferent neurons forming the infrared receptors in the facial(More)
Autoradiographic analysis of [1-14C]2-deoxy-D-glucose-6-phosphate ([14C]2-DG-P) accumulation in the rattlesnake brain stem and optic tectum was used in an effort to map infrared and visual neuronal pathways. Visual stimulation with a standard stimulus (a heat lamp) resulted in dense labeling of the superficial layers of the optic tectum. Infrared(More)
The morphology of the lateral descending nucleus of V (LTTD) in three species of Boidae and nucleus reticularis caloris (RC) of the rattlesnake have been studied with the light and electron microscope. First- and second-order relays in the infrared receptor pathway to the tectum are contained within LTTD in the Boidae, whereas in the rattlesnakes the(More)
Among the Reptilia the morphology of the trigeminal (V) motor nucleus is a rather good indicator of the sophistication of jaw kinetics. As it becomes more complex, the nucleus shifts ventrolaterally and becomes divisible into subnuclear groups. The cottonmouth moccasin, a pit viper with very finely developed jaw musculature and kinetics, has a very large V(More)
Horseradish peroxidase (HRP), injected intramuscularly, specifically labeled motoneurons innervating antagonistic jaw muscles in the cottonmouth mocassin, Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus. Adductor mandibulae profundus, part 3a, motoneurons were localized in the lateral regions of the ventral and intermediate subnuclei of the trigeminal (V) motor nucleus.(More)
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