Nerve growth factor modulates synaptic transmission between sympathetic neurons and cardiac myocytes.

Regulation of heart rate by the sympathetic nervous system involves the release of norepinephrine (NE) from nerve terminals onto heart tissue, resulting in an elevation in beat rate. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a neurotrophin produced by the heart that supports the survival and differentiation of sympathetic neurons. Here we report that NGF also functions… (More)