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The AChE-positive ganglia in the trachea and bronchi of the cat.
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PMID:  12866668     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The tracheal and bronchial parasympathetic ganglia in the cat were studied using the histochemical-tiocholine method of Koelle and Friedenwald and histological techniques. Intensively stained AChE-positive nerve structures, i.e., ganglia and nerve fibres on the wall of the trachea and bronchi, were observed. The ganglia were situated mainly on the dorso-lateral surface of these organs, but they were also present on the ventral surface. The largest ganglia were found in the vicinity of the vagus nerve branches and on the surface of the tracheal smooth muscle. Numerous ganglia (95-210) of different sizes (40 x 230 microm to 260 x 520 microm) and shapes (spindle, longitudinal, oval, elliptical and multiform) were interconnected by nerve fibres and formed a dense ganglionated plexus. The ganglia forming this nerve structure were located mainly on the level of intercartilaginous spaces. They received the nerve branches from the cervical and the upper thoracic branches of vagus nerve and cervical and upper thoracic segments of the sympathetic trunk. Similar AChE-positive ganglionated plexus containing 28-33 ganglia connected by nerve fibres was observed on the posterior wall of the bronchi. Histological investigations confirmed the presence of fascicles of nerve fibers and nerve cells aggregations in the external membrane of the trachea and bronchi. The ganglia consisted of 2-25 cells on the cross-section. They were located mainly on the level of intercartilaginous spaces and contained (except ganglionic neurocytes, nerve fibres) satellite cells and small blood vessels. All the ganglia had thin connective capsule.
Tadeusz Kuder; Aleksander Szczurkowski; Jacek Kuchinka; Elzbieta Nowak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Folia morphologica     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0015-5659     ISO Abbreviation:  Folia Morphol. (Warsz)     Publication Date:  2003 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-17     Completed Date:  2003-08-12     Revised Date:  2006-06-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374620     Medline TA:  Folia Morphol (Warsz)     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-106     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Comparative Anatomy, Institute of Biology, Swietokrzyski University, Kielce, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Acetylcholinesterase / analysis,  metabolism*
Bronchi / innervation*
Ganglia, Parasympathetic / anatomy & histology*,  cytology,  enzymology
Trachea / innervation*
Vagus Nerve / cytology
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