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Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions$
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Ida J. Llewellyn-Smith and Anthony J. M. Verberne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306637.001.0001

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Central Autonomic Control of the Pancreas

Central Autonomic Control of the Pancreas

(p.274) 15 Central Autonomic Control of the Pancreas
Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions

R. Alberto Travagli

Kirsteen N. Browning

Oxford University Press

The autonomic nervous system plays a major role in controlling the exocrine and endocrine functions of the pancreas. This chapter provides an overview of the peripheral (parasympathetic, sympathetic, sensory, and intrinsic) innervation of the pancreas as well as the regulation and modulation exerted by ‘higher order’ pathways in the central nervous system. The neurophysiological outcomes of these diverse neural inputs are discussed as are the principal neurotransmitters involved. Overwhelming evidence suggests that specific pancreatic functions are regulated by discrete neural circuits Nevertheless, the apparent complexity of autonomic control and the interconnections between neuropeptide and neurohormone mechanisms of action suggests that we do not yet fully appreciate the diversity of neural regulation of the pancreas.

Keywords:   pancreas, autonomic, parasympathetic, sympathetic, endocrine secretion, exocrine secretion, pancreatic polypeptide, cholecystokinin, glucagon-like peptide-1, serotonin, orexin

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