Section 7
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Postnatal development of postganglionic parasympathetic neurones in the heart of the albino rat

Vlk, J.

Physiologia Bohemoslovaca 28(6): 561-568


ISSN/ISBN: 0369-9463
PMID: 160578
Accession: 006152286

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Electrical stimulation of the sinoatrial node region of isolated atria in medium containing physostigmine (0.1 .mu.g/ml) produces a negative chronotropic effect whose intensity and duration depend mainly on the amount of acetylcholine released from postganglionic parasympathetic fiber endings. This technique was used to study functional maturation of the given neurons during postnatal development of albino rats. Preparations from animals of different ages were stimulated with 2 s bursts of rectangular pulses (frequency 50 Hz, pulse duration 0.02 ms, voltage 22.5-27.5 V) and frequency changes of the preparation were registered by recording extracellular action potentials. At 10 days the negative chronotropic effect is very weak and at 15 days it is only slightly stronger, but at 18 days it is almost the same as in adult animals. At 24 and 34 days the reaction is somewhat stronger than in adulthood. Functional maturation of the postganglionic parasympathetic neurons innervating the sinoatrial node in albino rats occurs between the 10th and 20th day of postnatal life.

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