Using a method to visualize HRP- containing cells in the geniculate ganglion (GG) in situ after decalcifying surrounding bone, we found that about 30% of the total (about 1000) GG cells contributed sensory fibers to the posterior auricular branch of the facial motor nerve. These cells are relatively large for GG cells in general. The remaining facial motor nerve branches, including those involved in vibrissal movement, contained few sensory afferent fibers originating from GG cells.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology