Spinal ascending pathways for somatosensory information processing

Trends Neurosci. 2022 Jun 11:S0166-2236(22)00099-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2022.05.005. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTThe somatosensory system processes diverse types of information including mechanical, thermal, and chemical signals. It has an essential role in sensory perception and body movement and, thus, is crucial for organism survival. The neural network for processing somatosensory information comprises multiple key nodes. Spinal projection neurons represent the key node for transmitting somatosensory information from the periphery to the brain. Although the anatomy of spinal ascending pathways has been characterized, the mechanisms underlying somatosensory information processing by spinal ascending pathways are incompletely understood. Recent studies have begun to reveal the diversity of spinal ascending pathways and their functional roles in somatosensory information processing. Here, we review the anatomic, molecular, and functional characteristics of spinal ascending pathways.PMID:35701247 | DOI:10.1016/j.tins.2022.05.005
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