Study Title:

Control of gastrointestinal motility by the "gut brain"--the enteric nervous system.

Study Abstract

The enteric nervous system (ENS) as the "brain of the gut" is pivotal for normal muscle activity in the gut. Neuronal circuits within the ENS are designed to control gut motility independent of central inputs. To fulfill this task the ENS contains all necessary elements for coding mechanical and chemical stimuli, interneuronal communication and efferent output to the muscle. This review provides a summary of the ENS circuits that control muscle activity, the main transmitters and neuromodulators involved and the functional implications for the normal and diseased gut.

Study Information

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005 Sep;41 Suppl 1:S4-6. doi: 10.1097/01.scs.0000180285.51365.55. PMID: 16131964.

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