Cellular Pharmacology of Ganglionic Transmission

  • Syogoro Nishi


Sympathetic and parasympathetic ganglia are made up of neurons which lie outside the central nervous system. They appear either as a macroscopic fusiform lump with clearly recognizable pre- and postganglionic branches or as a microscopic meshwork with indistinct input–output relationships. In contrast to central neurons which are protected in important biochemical respects and maintained in a complete homeostasis by the blood–brain barrier, the neurons in autonomic ganglia are exposed to the common interstitial fluid through a loose layer of satellite cells (gliocytes). Thus the ganglion neurons will be affected much more readily by the drugs applied either systemically or locally.


Ganglion Cell Sympathetic Ganglion Superior Cervical Ganglion Presynaptic Nerve Terminal Cellular Pharmacology 
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  • Syogoro Nishi
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyKurume University School of MedicineKurume, 830Japan

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