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Effects of peripheral inputs from hindlimb on the monosynaptic reflex of motoneurons innervating tail muscles.

N. Wada


The effects of group II muscle (PBSt, GS) and cutaneous afferent (Sur, SPc, Tib) inputs from the hindlimb on the monosynaptic reflexes of motoneurons innervating tail muscles were studied in lower spinalized cats. Stimulation of the cutaneous nerves at the conditioning-test stimulus interval of about 10-20 ms facilitated and inhibited the monosynaptic reflexes of ipsilateral and contralateral tail muscles, respectively. The effects of the muscle nerve stimulation were not so prominent as those elicited by cutaneous nerve stimulation. The monosynaptic reflex was also inhibited by muscle nerve stimulation at 10-50 ms intervals. The effects of conditioning stimulation of the hindlimb peripheral nerves at short intervals were depressed or blocked by section of the ipsilateral lateral funiculus at S1 spinal segment. These findings show that the neuronal pathway from hindlimb afferents to tail muscle motoneurons passed the lateral funiculus of the spinal cord and modulates the motoneuronal activity of tail muscles.

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