Human Dorsal Root Ganglia

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Sensory neurons with cell bodies situated in dorsal root ganglia convey information from external or internal sites of the body such as actual or potential harm, temperature or muscle length to the central nervous system. In recent years, large investigative efforts have worked toward an understanding of different types of DRG neurons at transcriptional, translational, and functional levels. These studies most commonly rely on data obtained from laboratory animals. Human DRG, however, have received far less investigative focus over the last 30 years. Nevertheless, knowledge about human sensory neurons is critical for a translational research approach and future therapeutic development. This review aims to summarize both historical and emerging information about the size and location of human DRG, and highlight advances in the understanding of the neurochemical characteristics of human DRG neurons, in particular nociceptive neurons.

Original languageEnglish
Article number271
Pages (from-to)271
Number of pages5
JournalFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • sensory neurons
  • dorsal root ganglia
  • trigeminal ganglia
  • neurons
  • anatomy
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Nociceptor
  • MRI
  • DRG
  • Satellite cells


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