Caudal pontine reticular nucleus
|Brain: Caudal pontine reticular nucleus|
|Latin||nucleus reticularis pontis caudalis|
The caudal pontine reticular nucleus is composed of gigantocellular neurons.
The neurons in the dorsal half of this nuclei fire rhythmically during mastication, and in an anesthetized animal it is possible to induce mastication via electrical stimulation of the PC or adjacent areas of the gigantocellular nucleus.
The pontis caudalis is also thought to play a hand in the grinding of teeth during sleep.
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