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Serotonergic and non-serotonergic raphe neurons projecting to the feline lumbar and cervical spinal cord: a quantitative horseradish peroxidase-immunocytochemical study.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neuroscience Letters
0304-3940
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
75
Issue
1
Pages
31–37
Identifiers
PMID: 3574767
Source
Medline
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Abstract

A quantitative study of raphe-spinal neurons and serotonergic neurons in 3 medullary raphe nuclei in the cat indicates that more than 80% of the raphe-spinal neurons that project to the spinal cord are serotonergic raphe-spinal neurons in each of the nuclei. More than 85% of the descending raphe-spinal neurons in the two caudal nuclei, nucleus raphe pallidus and nucleus raphe obscurus, are serotonergic, whereas 75% of the raphe-spinal neurons in the more rostrally placed nucleus raphe magnus contain serotonin (5-HT). These results are discussed in relation to descending systems containing both neuropeptides and 5-HT and collateralizing to several spinal segments.

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