Origins of the sympathetic innervation of the cervical end of the uterus in the rat

Brain Res. 1997 Jan 30;747(1):140-3. doi: 10.1016/s0006-8993(96)01107-9.


A retrograde neuronal tracer (Fast Blue) was injected in the cervical end of the uterine horn of virgin rats. The majority of the retrogradely labeled post-ganglionic sympathetic neurons were found in the sympathetic chain (74%). The superior mesenteric ganglia, inferior mesenteric ganglia and suprarenal ganglia accounted for 22, 3 and < 1%, respectively. The distribution of neurons in the sympathetic chain labeled from the uterus resembles that described for other pelvic organs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cervix Uteri / innervation
  • Female
  • Ganglia, Sympathetic / cytology
  • Ganglia, Sympathetic / physiology
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Sympathetic Fibers, Postganglionic / physiology
  • Sympathetic Nervous System / cytology
  • Sympathetic Nervous System / physiology*
  • Uterus / innervation*