, Volume 33, Issue 10, pp 1363–1364 | Cite as

The acetylcholinesterase reaction and catecholamine fluorescence in the glomus cells of rat carotid body

  • O. Korkala
  • T. Waris
Anatomica, Histologica, Embryologica, Carcinologica


The presence of both acetylcholinesterase reaction and glyoxylic acid-induced fluorescence of catecholamines in the same glomus cells of rat carotid body was demonstrated using combined histochemical methods. A suggestion is made that the glomus cells have both excitatory and inhibitory effects on the chemosensory nerve via acetylcholine and catecholamines, respectively.


Catecholamine Acetylcholine Acetylcholinesterase Carotid Body Histochemical Method 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Korkala
    • 1
  • T. Waris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinki 17(Finland)

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