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Sneezing reflex is mediated by a peptidergic pathway from nose to brainstem

Li F, Jiang H, Shen X, Yang W, Guo C, Wang Z, Xiao M, Cui L, Luo W, Kim BS, Chen Z, Huang AJW, Liu Q (2021) Sneezing reflex is mediated by a peptidergic pathway from nose to brainstem. Cell 184(14):3762-3773.e10. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.05.017

Objective: To test the hypothesis that a neuronal population postsynaptic to nasal sensory neurons mediates sneezing.

Summary: Chemical activation of neuromedin B (NMB)-sensitive neurons elicits action potentials in caudal ventral respiratory group (cVRG) neurons and leads to sneezing behavior. This study delineates a peptidergic pathway mediating sneezing, providing molecular insights into the sneezing reflex arc.

Usage: Microinjection of NMB-saporin into the sneeze-evoking region abolished the sneezing responses to capsaicin and histamine.

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