Neurogenesis, control, and functional significance of gasping.

  title={Neurogenesis, control, and functional significance of gasping.},
  author={Walter M St John},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology},
  volume={68 4},
Gasps are frequently the first and last breaths of life. Gasping, which is generated by intrinsic medullary mechanisms, differs fundamentally from other automatic ventilatory patterns. A region of the lateral tegmental field of the medulla is critical for the neurogenesis of the gasp but has no role in eupnea. Neuronal mechanisms in separate brain stem regions may be responsible for the neurogenesis of different ventilatory patterns. This hypothesis is supported by the recording of independent… CONTINUE READING