First Published in 1994, this book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date compilation of reviews of recent literature on the anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS). The chapters are written by internationally recognized experts in the field and include never-before-published data, diagrams, and figures.
Table of Contents
Functional Morphology and Chemical Neuroanatomy: Viscerosensory Processing in Nucleus Tractus Solitarii: Structural and Neurochemical Substrates (D.A. Ruggiero, V.M. Pickel, T.A. Milner, M. Anwar, K. Otake, E.P. Mtui, and D.H. Park). Central Projections of Baroreceptor and Chemoreceptor Afferent Fibers in the Rat (J. Ciriello, S.L. Hochstenbach, and S. Roder). Neurobiology of the Gustatory Zone of the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius (R.M. Bradley). Immunohistochemical Localization of Neurochemical Synaptic Circuits of the Nucleus Tractus Solitarii at the Light Microscopic and Ultrastructural Levels (B.E. Maley). Volume Transmission in Transmitter Peptide Costoring Neurons in the Medulla Oblongata (K. Fuxe, L.F. Agnati, R. Covenas, J.A. Narvaez, B. Bunneman, and B. Bjelke). Central Projections and Functional Neural Connections: Ascending Projections of the Solitary Tract Nucleus (G.J. Ter Horst and C. Streefland). Functional Connections of the Rostral Nucleus of the Solitary Tract in Viscerosensory Integration of Ingestion Reflexes (M.C. Whitehead). Projections from the NTS to the Ventrolateral Medulla: Role in Vasomotor Control (R.A.L. Dampney). Role of the NTS in the Medullary Respiratory Network Producing Respiratory Movements (A.L. Bianchi and L. Grélot). Functional Neural Connections of the Area Postrema (A.V. Ferguson and V.L. Lowes). Synaptic Processing and Integrative Mechanisms in Intrinsic Neural Circuits: Modulation of NTS Function by Multiple Descending Inputs: An Overview (K.M. Spyer). Baroreceptor and Chemoreceptor Afferent Processing in the Solitary Tract Nucleus (R.B. Felder and S.W. Mifflin). Excitatory Amino Acid Receptors and Afferent Synaptic Transmission in the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius (M.C. Andresen and M. Yang). Serotonergic Mechanisms in Baroreceptor Afferent Processing and Cardiovascular Control by the NTS (R. Laguzzi). The Physiology of Adrenergic Systems in the Solitary Tract Nucleus )P.D. Feldman). Transmitter/Peptide Interactions in NTS Neuronal Circuits (J.Champagnat). Synaptic Modulation of Isolated Neurons of the Solitary Tract Nucleus (J.A. Drewe and D.L. Kunze). Neurotransmitters/Receptors in Mechanisms of Cardiorespiratory Control: Neuroactive Substances in the Control of Cardiovascular and Visceral Responses: An Overview (W. Talman). GABA-Mediated Neural Transmission in Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Control by the NTS (A.F. Sved). Serotonergic and Catecholaminergic Mechanisms for Baroreflex Regulation in the NTS (R.D. Bunag and H. Itoh). Transmitter/Receptor Mechanisms in Cardiovascular Control by the NTS: Excitatory Amino Acids, Acetylcholine and Substance P. (H.N. Sapru). Opioids and the Nucleus of the Tractus Solitarius: Effects on Cardiovascular and Baroreflex Function (F.J. Gordon). Tonic Influences on Baroreceptor Reflex Sensitivity by Endogenous Neurotension in the Nucleus Tractus Solitarii (J.Y.H. Chan and S.H.H. Chan). Role of Substance P and Dopamine in the Mediation and Modulation of Respiratory Responses to Hypoxia (Y. Yamamoto and M. Srinivasan). Selective Post-Translational Processing of Opioid Peptides in Cardioregulatory Mechanisms of the Dorsal Medulla (W.R. Millington and M.D. Hirsch). Coordination of Autonomic and Viscerobehavioral Response Patterns: Neuropeptides in the Regulation of Autonomic Function by the Dorsal Medulla (K.L. Barnes). Role of the NTS in Nutrient Homeostasis and Ingestive Behavior (E. Ergene, J.C. Dunbar, and I.R.A. Barraco). Viscerogustatory Integration and Sensory Coding in the NTS (T.R. Scott and B.K. Giza). Nucleus Tractus Solitarii and Deglutition: Monoamines, Excitatory Amino Acids and Cellular Properties (A. Jean, J.-P. Kessler, and F. Tell). Insulin Receptors in the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract and Related Neuronal Circuits (J. Unger and J.N. Livingston). Nuclei of the Solitary Tract and Regulation of Glycemia (C. Timo-Iaria, E.C. Fraga da Silva, and N.S. Hell). Mechanisms of Fluid Homeostasis Mediated by the Brainstem (A. Adachi). Role of the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract (NTS) in Pain Control (A. Randich and S.T. Meller). Index.
I. Robin A. Barraco, Ph.D., is Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Barraco received his B.A. degree in 1966 from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1971. During his graduate training, Dr. Barraco received support as a Research Fellow from the National Science Foundation and the DeVlieg Foundation. Dr. Barraco has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine since 1972 and he has held the rank of Professor of Physiology at Wayne State University since 1987.