Nervous Control of Ciliary Activity

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Science  25 Dec 1964:
Vol. 146, Issue 3652, pp. 1692-1693
DOI: 10.1126/science.146.3652.1692


Electrical stimulation of the visceral ganglion of the mussel Mytilus edulis caused cilia on the lateral epithelium of the gill to beat faster. This effect was blocked by cocaine, physostigmine, hyoscyamine, and acetylcholine but not by tubocurarine. These agents did not block the cilioexcitatory effect of serotonin.