Schweizer, Hermann; Rübsamen, R.; Rühle, Claudia
Localization of brain stem motoneurons innervating the laryngeal muscles in the rufous horseshoe bat,rhinolophus rouxi.
In: Brain Research, Vol. 230, Nr. 1-2: S. 41-50
The motoneurons innervating the laryngeal muscles were localized in the rufous horseshoe bat,Rhinolophus rouxi, using the HRP method. HRP was applied to the cricothyroid muscle and to the cut end of the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Labeled motoneurons were found in two completely separated regions of the nucleus ambiguus. The motoneurons innervating the cricothyroid muscle via the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) are located withinn the ventrolateral portion of the nucleus reaching the caudal pole of the motor nucleus of the facial nerve. The motoneurons innervating the other intrinsic laryngeal muscles via the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) are situated in the caudal half of the nucleus ambiguus. The innervation is strictly homolateral.