Innervation of the lacrimal gland in the cynomolgous monkey: a retrograde tracing study.

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: van der Werf, F; Baljet, B; Prins, M; Otto, J A
Year of Publication: 1996
Journal: Journal of Anatomy
Volume: 188
Issue: Pt 3
Pagination: 591 - 601
Date Published: 06/1996
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 0021-87821469-7580

Retrograde transport of wheat germ agglutinin-horseradish peroxidase (WGA-HRP) was used to study the localisation of neurons that innervate the lacrimal gland of the cynomolgous monkey. WGA-HRP-labelled neurons were localised in the ipsilateral trigeminal, superior cervical and ciliary ganglia and in the ipsilateral and contralateral pterygopalatine ganglia. In the trigeminal ganglion WGA-HRP-labelled somata were found in the ophthalmic part (18%) and the maxillary part (5%). Identification of labelled neurons in the ciliary and pterygopalatine ganglia indicates a dual parasympathetic innvervation of the lacrimal gland. There is no known pathway to account for the contralateral location or pterygopalatine neurons. These novel findings are incorporated in a concept of a neural control mechanism for the lacrimal gland. IMAGES:

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