Are reptilian pulmonary receptors mechano- or chemosensitive?


BOTH birds and mammals possess pulmonary receptors which increase discharge in phase with each inspiration1–5. In mammals the adequate stimulus of these receptors seems to be the total transpulmonary pressure which varies with both inflation volume and rate and sign of the volume change6. The lungs of birds, however, consist of a complex system of air… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/261327a0


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