This study was carried out to investigate the relationship between the conduction velocity of the vagal afferents arising from the rat lungs and their sensitivities to capsaicin, other chemical irritants, and lung inflation. We recorded single-unit activities of vagal pulmonary afferents (n=205) in anesthetized, open-chest rats, and distinguished C fibers (conduction velocity2O) was not only extremely weak, but also showed a longer onset latency and an irregular pattern. In a sharp contrast, lung inflation evoked rapid and vigorous discharges in both RARs and SARs. In conclusion, C fibers are the primary type of chemosensitive vagal pulmonary afferents in rat lungs.
- Conduction velocity
- Sensitivity irritants
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine