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Arch Ital Biol. 1987 Dec;126(1):29-39.

Influence of oculomotor nerve afferents on central endings of primary trigeminal fibers.

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Istituto di Fisiologia Umana, Università Cattolica S. Cuore, Roma, Italy.


Painful fibers running in the third nerve and originating from the ophthalmic trigeminal area send their central projections at level of substantia gelatinosa of nucleus caudalis trigemini. The central endings of these fibers form axoaxonic synapses with trigeminal fibers entering the brain stem through the trigeminal root. The effect of electrical stimulation of the third nerve central stump on the central endings of trigeminal afferent fibers consists in an increased excitability, possibly resulting in a presynaptic inhibition. This inhibitory influence is due to both direct and indirect connections of the third nerve afferent fibers with the trigeminal ones.

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