Inputs to the Pontine A5 Noradrenergic Cell Group: A Horseradish Peroxidase Study

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The noradrenergic A5 cell group of the caudal ventrolateral pons has been implicated in regulation of cardiovascular activity. The efferent fibers from this cell group have been established, but the sources of afferents into the region have not. Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was injected into the A5 region in rabbits, or into regions surrounding A5. The pattern of retrograde labeling indicated that several areas known to have a role in the control of cardiovascular function by the brain send projections to and/or through the A5 region.