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Let it go: central neural control of urination

Nature Neurosciencevolume 21pages14991501 (2018) | Download Citation

Two recent studies have expanded our understanding of the circuits controlling urination: one described a projection from brainstem to spinal cord that relaxes the urethral sphincter, and the other revealed a subpopulation of brainstem-projecting layer 5 pyramidal neurons in primary motor cortex that direct the initiation of urination.

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  1. Department of Psychiatry of First Affiliated Hospital, Center for Neuroscience, NHC and CAMS Key Laboratory of Medical Neurobiology, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

    • Zheyi Ni
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