A physiological study of the monosynaptic reflex responses of cat spinal alpha-motoneurons after lumbusacral deafferentation
1989 (English)In: Brain Research, ISSN 0006-8993, E-ISSN 1872-6240, Vol. 488, 149-162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In adult cats the whole S1 and rostral half of the L7 dorsal roots were cut on the left side of the spinal cord to produce a partial monosynaptic deafferentation of the ipsilateral alpha-motoneurons. Three, 6 or 12 weeks later, monosynaptic reflexes (MSRs) were recorded from the L6, L7 and S1 ventral roots or from various peripheral nerves during stimulation of the L6 and remaining parts of the L7 dorsal roots. Also, monosynaptic excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) were recorded intracellularly in different types of medial gastrocnemius alpha-motoneurons of the L7 segment during stimulation of various hind limb muscle nerves. The right side with an identical acute deafferentation served as control. On the chronically lesioned side the MSRs were increased in size, also during post-tetanic potentiation. The monosynaptic EPSPs had increased amplitudes in all motoneuron types, but the relation in EPSP size between different motoneuron types as well as between different synergistic inputs remained largely unchanged. EPSP rise times were not changed, and aberrant monosynaptic connections from non-synergist muscles were not observed. It is concluded that the extent of reactive reflex changes may be related to both the number of vacant synaptic sites and the degree of functional synergism between the eliminated and remaining monosynaptic pathways. Possible underlying mechanisms are discussed.
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1989. Vol. 488, 149-162 p.
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