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Brain Res. 1982 Jun 3;241(1):3-10.

Infrared sensory neurons in the trigeminal ganglia of crotaline snakes: transganglionic HRP transport.


Trigeminal neurons were labeled by inserting HRP into holes cut in the pit receptor membranes of a crotaline snake, Agkistrodon blomhoffi brevicaudus. Neurons were labeled in the ophthalmic ganglion and the maxillary division of the maxillo-mandibular ganglion, and the HRP was further transported across the ganglia and through the lateral descending trigeminal tract (dlv) to label axon terminals exclusively in the dlv nucleus (DLV). In 6 successful preparations, 7.1-19.3% of totals of 5568-5986 cells in the maxillary division of the ganglion were labeled, but none at all were labeled in the mandibular division. Only a few or none at all were labeled in the ophthalmic ganglion. Cells in the two ganglia ranged in size from 10 to 55 micrometers, but large cells (greater than or equal to 40 micrometers) were scarce (4.9% of the total population). All HRP-labeled neurons fell in the median range of 20-39 micrometers. We concluded that these ganglion cells were infrared neurons, and were therefore the origin of the A delta fibers in the pit membrane. There were no HRP-labeled neurons above or below this range, in spite of the fact that smaller cells (less than or equal to 19 micrometers) made up 35.8% of the total population. In normal Nissl preparations we found both light- and dark-staining cells, but the size range of neither corresponded to the size range of infrared neurons.

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