Neuronal and Non-Neuronal Plasticity in the Rat Following Myenteric Denervation

  • C. Cracco
  • G. Filogamo
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 429)


The plasticity of the enteric nervous system in adulthood has always been a field of research of the greatest interest. Many experimental models have been developed, allowing to investigate the importance of the peripheral field of innervation in the control of growth and differentiation of enteric neurons during postnatal life (Filogamo, 1987; Filogamo and Cracco, 1995). Among those, we were particularly interested in the chemical ablation of the myenteric plexus by means of a cationic surfactant, benzalkonium chloride (BAC).


Enteric Nervous System Myenteric Plexus Enteric Neuron Benzalkonium Chloride Smooth Muscle Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Cracco
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Filogamo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Forensic MedicineUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Urological ClinicUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly

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