Central Autonomic Regulation of the Airways

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Postganglionic sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves innervate the airways and lungs of all vertebrates. When activated, these nerves can initiate airway smooth muscle contraction or relaxation, pulmonary or bronchial vascular smooth muscle relaxation and mucus secretion. The often opposing effects of the multiple postganglionic autonomic pathways projecting to the airways and lungs is regulated by many brainstem and midbrain structures. The origin of bronchopulmonary sympathetic and parasympathetic preganglionic nerves are described as are the actions and interactions between brainstem subnuclei controlling autonomic outflow to the airways and the pulmonary and bronchial vasculature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCentral Regulation of Autonomic Functions
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199894130
ISBN (Print)9780195306637
StatePublished - May 1 2011


  • C-fiber
  • NMDA
  • Neurokinin
  • Nucleus ambiguus
  • Nucleus of the solitary tract
  • Rapidly adapting receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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