Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-79b67bcb76-jn9wc Total loading time: 0.25 Render date: 2021-05-16T06:23:28.485Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "metricsAbstractViews": false, "figures": false, "newCiteModal": false, "newCitedByModal": true, "newEcommerce": true }

Article contents

Target pioneering and early morphology of the murine chorda tympani

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 1998

LISA SCOTT
Affiliation:
Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, UK
MARTIN E. ATKINSON
Affiliation:
Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, UK
Get access

Abstract

Many studies demonstrate that differentiation of certain sensory receptors during development is induced by their nerve supply. Thus the navigational accuracy of pioneering fibres to their targets is crucial to this process. The special gustatory elements of the facial and glossopharyngeal nerves are used extensively as model systems in this field. We examined the chorda tympani, the gustatory component of the facial nerve, to determine the precise time course of its development in mice. The transganglionic fluorescent tracer DiI was injected into the anterior aspect of the mandibular arch of fixed embryos aged between 30 and 50 somites (E10–E12). It was allowed to diffuse retrogradely via the geniculate ganglion to the brainstem for 4 wk, before the distribution of DiI was determined using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Geniculate ganglion cells were first labelled at the 34 somite stage (E10). Pioneering chorda tympani fibres that arise from these cells passed peripherally and followed an oblique course as they grew towards the mandibular arch. At the 36 somite stage (E10.5), the peripheral component followed an intricate postspiracular course and passed anteriorly to arch over the primitive tympanic cavity, en route to the lingual epithelium. From the 36 to 50 somite stages (E10.5–E12), it consistently traced in the fashion of a ‘U’ bend. The central fascicle also traced at the 36 somite stage (E10.5) and just made contact with the brainstem. At the 40 somite stage (E11), the central fibres clearly chose a route of descent into the spinal trigeminal tract and branched into the solitary tract. Pioneering chorda tympani fibres contact the lingual epithelium when the target is primordial. The lingual epithelium may be a source of a neurotropic factor that attracts peripheral chorda tympani fibres to the sites of putative papillae. However, the chorda tympani is probably not a vital influence on the subsequent differentiation of gustatory papillae, since the papillae are elaborated 5 d later at E15 in murine embryos. The early morphology of the nerve is true to the amniote vertebrate phenotype.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland 1998

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below.

Send article to Kindle

To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Target pioneering and early morphology of the murine chorda tympani
Available formats
×

Send article to Dropbox

To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

Target pioneering and early morphology of the murine chorda tympani
Available formats
×

Send article to Google Drive

To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

Target pioneering and early morphology of the murine chorda tympani
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *