Visual identification of two kinds of nerve cells and their synaptic contacts in a living autonomic ganglion of the mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)

Journal Article

Many of the nerve cells comprising the cardiac parasympathetic ganglion of the mudpuppy are spread out in a thin, transparent sheet of tissue, enabling one to see cellular details in living preparations with differential interference contrast optics. The aim of this study was two fold: to establish the morphology of the nerve cells and their synaptic connexions by light and electron microscopy, and to determine which aspects of the ganglion's structure could be reliably identified in the living tissue.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McMahan, UJ; Purves, D

Published Date

  • 1976

Published In

  • Journal of Physiology

Volume / Issue

  • 254 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 405 - 425

PubMed ID

  • 1249783