The Neurochemical Coding of Airway Afferents

  • Inge BrounsEmail author
  • Isabel Pintelon
  • Jean-Pierre Timmermans
  • Dirk Adriaensen
Part of the Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 211)


The “neurochemical coding” is the combination of chemical features (e.g., structural proteins, molecular receptors, neurotransmitter content) that defines a neuronal cell type or certain nerve fibre population. With the advances of immunohistochemistry, in combination with confocal microscopy, intrapulmonary airway sensory nerve fibres and the concomitant airway receptor end-structures can now be examined in detail and evaluated objectively (Yu 2009). Moreover, application of these techniques potentially allows to clearly evaluate the relationship of primary afferents with associated tissues and cells, and to get more profound insights into their potential functions.


Nerve Terminal Visceral Pleura Sensory Nerve Ending Receptor Terminal Laminar Ending 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inge Brouns
    • 1
    Email author
  • Isabel Pintelon
    • 1
  • Jean-Pierre Timmermans
    • 2
  • Dirk Adriaensen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Sciences Laboratory of Cell Biology and HistologyUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Sciences Laboratory of Cell Biology and HistologyUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpenBelgium

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