Direct evidence of trigeminal innervation of the cochlear blood vessels

Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, United States
Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 3.36). 05/1998; 84(2):559-67. DOI: 10.1016/S0306-4522(97)00503-4
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This paper provides the first detailed description of the trigeminal innervation of the inner ear vasculature. This system provides a newly discovered neural substrate for rapid vasodilatatory responses of the inner ear to high levels of activity and sensory input. Moreover, this discovery may provide an alternative mechanism for a set of clinical disturbances (imbalance, hearing loss, tinnitus and headache) for which a central neural basis has been speculated. Iontophoretic injections of biocytin were made via a glass microelectrode into the trigeminal ganglion in guinea-pigs. Tissue for histological sections was obtained 24 h later. Labeled fibers from the injection site were observed as bundles around the ipsilateral spiral modiolar blood vessels, as individual labeled fibers in the interscala septae, and in the ipsilateral stria vascularis. The dark cell region of the cristae ampullaris in the vestibular labyrinth was also intensively labeled. No labeled fibers were observed in the neuroepithelium of the cristae ampullaris or the semicircular canals. These results confirm and localize an earlier indirect observation of the trigeminal ganglion projection to the cochlea. This innervation may play a role in normal vascular tone and in some inner ear disturbances, e.g., sudden hearing loss may reflect an abnormal activity of trigeminal ganglion projections to the cochlear blood vessels.

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    • "The circled minus signs in Fig. 1 indicate sites where a triptan (e.g., rizatriptan) can act on ganglion cells and brainstem trigeminal, solitary nucleus and vestibular nuclear neuronal 5-HT 1B and 5-HT 1D receptors to reduce nociceptive [17,29,35], vestibular activity, and vascular activity. It is suggested that these triptan actions have a net impact on migraine and motion sickness sensitivity by modulating activity of the the trigeminal nerve innervation of the inner ear vascular supply [67] [68]. Finally, it is worth noting that the spiral ganglion and cochlea show similar patterns of TRPV1, P2X 3 , 5-HT 1B , 5-HT 1D and 5-HT 1F receptor expression [2] [4] [8]. "
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