Identification of interstitial cells of Cajal in the digestive tract of turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).

@article{Reynhout1999IdentificationOI,
  title={Identification of interstitial cells of Cajal in the digestive tract of turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo).},
  author={James K. Reynhout and Gary E. Duke},
  journal={The Journal of experimental zoology},
  year={1999},
  volume={283 4-5},
  pages={426-40}
}
Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) were identified in the digestive tract of turkeys by electron microscopy. ICCs have been implicated as sources of pacemaking slow wave potentials that initiate peristalsis in the stomach and intestines in mammals. The gastroduodenal contraction cycle in turkeys, however, is uniquely coordinated by a neurogenic pacemaker in the isthmus area between the glandular stomach and the gizzard, and this controls the coordinated phasic contractions of the muscles of the… CONTINUE READING