T Scratcherd

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1. The role of the vagus nerves in the genesis of antro-antral reflexes was investigated in the urethane-anaesthetized, splanchnectomized ferret. 2. Antral distension stimulated antral contractions with a threshold volume of 3.5 +/- 0.9 ml (corresponding to an intra-antral pressure of 0.27 +/- 0.11 kPa) by a vagal-dependent mechanism as indicated by the(More)
1. A single-fibre-dissection technique was used to investigate the reflex modulation of vagal efferent fibre discharge by afferent fibres from various parts of the gastrointestinal tract of the urethane-anaesthetized ferret. 2. All but four of the 168 efferent fibres isolated in this study were spontaneously active. The majority of these had discharge(More)
1. The rate and volume of gastric filling was estimated in conscious ferrets by measuring the amount of milk they would drink after an overnight fast. The mean volume was 94.5 +/- 7.5 ml. at a rate of 13.0 +/- 0.74 ml./min. An intragastric infusion rate of 10 ml./min to a total of 50 ml. was selected as a standard distension stimulus. 2. Action potentials(More)
1. In the urethane anaesthetized ferret gastric inflation with 50 ml. 0.9% NaCl at a rate of 10 ml./min evoked large gastric contractions. The threshold of intragastric pressure required to elicit the reflex was 3.1 +/- 0.5 cmH2O. 2. The response was enhanced by splanchnic nerve section and markedly reduced by bilateral cervical vagotomy, indicating that(More)
Vagal afferent fibres with mechanoreceptive fields in the gastric corpus were studied electrophysiologically in the urethane-anaesthetized ferret in an attempt to assess how changes in muscle tension and length modulate receptor discharge. Single afferent units were spontaneously active and increased their firing on distension of the corpus. During vagally(More)
The role of gastrointestinal mechanoreceptors and intestinal chemoreceptors in the genesis of vago-vagal reflexes was assessed by recording single vagal efferent fibre discharge in the urethane-anaesthetized ferret during procedures known to activate discrete populations of gastrointestinal afferent fibres. Distension of the stomach, duodenum and jejunum(More)
The colon of the ferret anesthetized with urethane exhibits two distinct types of motility patterns. These were abolished or considerably reduced by blocking nervous conduction in the vagus nerves by cooling to below 4 degrees C. Atropine transiently abolished motility which on its return was also found to be sensitive to vagal integrity. Electrical(More)
Spontaneous colonic motility in the urethane-anaesthetized ferret consists of two distinct types of contraction which correspond to the patterns recorded myoelectrically in conscious animals. This motility was abolished or greatly reduced when nervous conduction was prevented in the cervical vagi by cooling to below 4 degrees C. On rewarming the nerves the(More)
Electrical stimulation of the central end of the vagal communicating branch in the thorax at frequencies between 2 and 20 Hz elicited, after a latency of 7.2 +/- 0.8 s, large-amplitude colonic contractions. 5 Hz stimulation gave near maximal contractions and, because vomiting was more likely to occur at higher stimulus frequencies, was used as the standard(More)
Spontaneous jejunal motility in the urethane-anaesthetized ferret shows a cyclical pattern of contraction bursts alternating with quiescent periods described as 'minute rhythm' in conscious animals. Cooling the cervical vagi to below 4 degrees C or acute vagotomy abolished this pattern of motility. On re-warming the vagi there was a return to cyclical(More)