Thermal sensitivity of isolated vagal pulmonary sensory neurons: role of transient receptor potential vanilloid receptors.


A recent study has demonstrated that increasing the intrathoracic temperature from 36 degrees C to 41 degrees C induced a distinct stimulatory and sensitizing effect on vagal pulmonary C-fiber afferents in anesthetized rats (J Physiol 565: 295-308, 2005). We postulated that these responses are mediated through a direct activation of the temperature… (More)


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