Neuroepithelial Component of the Urethra and Urogenital Junction of the Rat

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Science  24 Aug 1962:
Vol. 137, Issue 3530, pp. 600-601
DOI: 10.1126/science.137.3530.600


Specialized cells in the epithelium react for cholinesterases when tested by the Koelle thiocholine method. Their morphology and contiguity with cholinesterase-positive nerves suggests receptor function. Impulses originating from them might relate to sensations or muscular reflexes involved in micturition and ejaculation, or both. If they are effector units, special secretory, excretory, or absorptive functions are indicated for cells of probable neural origin.