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Bilateral postsynaptic actions of pyramidal tract and reticulospinal neurons on feline erector spinae motoneurons.

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Mary Pauline Galea
Ingela Hammar
Elin Nilsson
Elzbieta Jankowska
Publicerad i The Journal of neuroscience
Volym 30
Nummer/häfte 3
Sidor 858-869
ISSN 1529-2401
Publiceringsår 2010
Publicerad vid Institutionen för neurovetenskap och fysiologi, sektionen för fysiologi
Sidor 858-869
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4859-0...
Ämneskategorier Fysiologi, Neurofysiologi


Trunk muscles are important for postural adjustments associated with voluntary movements but little has been done to analyze mechanisms of supraspinal control of these muscles at a cellular level. The present study therefore aimed to investigate the input from pyramidal tract (PT) neurons to motoneurons of the musculus longissimus lumborum of the erector spinae and to analyze to what extent it is relayed by reticulospinal (RS) neurons. Intracellular records from motoneurons were used to evaluate effects of electrical stimulation of medullary pyramids and of axons of RS neurons descending in the medial longitudinal fasciculus (MLF). The results revealed that similar synaptic actions were evoked from the ipsilateral and contralateral PTs, including disynaptic and trisynaptic EPSPs and trisynaptic IPSPs. Stimulation of the MLF-evoked monosynaptic and disynaptic EPSPs and disynaptic or trisynaptic IPSPs in the same motoneurons. All short-latency PSPs of PT origin were abolished by transection of the MLF, while they remained after transection of PT fibers at a spinal level. Hence, RS neurons might serve as the main relay neurons of the most direct PT actions on musculus (m.) longissimus. However, longer-latency IPSPs remaining after MLF or PT spinal lesions and after ipsilateral or contralateral hemisection of spinal cord indicate that PT actions are also mediated by ipsilaterally and/or contralaterally located spinal interneurons. The bilateral effects of PT stimulation thereby provide an explanation why trunk movements after unilateral injuries of PT neurons (e.g., stroke) are impaired to a lesser degree than movements of the extremities.

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