John K. Jansen

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1. The events taking place during the elimination of polyneuronal innervation in the soleus muscle of new-born rats have been studied using a combination of electrophysiological and anatomical techniques. 2. Each immature muscle fibre is supplied by two or more motor axons which converge on to a single end-plate. There was no sign of electrical coupling(More)
After the motor nerve to the rat soleus muscle was blocked reversibly by local anesthesia, individual muscle fibers became innervated by a transplanted motor nerve without losing their original innervation. Such cross-innervation of the denervated soleus muscle by the same foreign nerve was largely reduced by direct electrical stimulation of the muscle. The(More)
We have used recently developed fluorescein- and rhodamine-conjugated dextran-amines as axonal tracers in in vitro preparations of the nervous system of the chicken embryo. These substances are efficiently taken up by injured axons and transported rapidly to the cell bodies. They are also, albeit to a lesser degree, taken up by intact nerve terminals in(More)
The ultrastructure of neuromuscular junctions of rat soleus muscles 1-40 days postnatally was examined for possible morphological correlates of the transient polyneuronal innervation which is present in newborn rats. Several vesicle-laden profiles of terminal axons are seen to contact each muscle fiber up to 8 days postnatally. Axon terminals often lie(More)
Following trains of impulses, sensory neurones in the C.N.S. of the leech show a prolonged hyperpolarization, which lasts for seconds or minutes. In the present investigation the mechanisms that underly this hyperpolarization have been studied by recording intracellularly. Two factors have been found to be responsible. One is the activity of an electrogenic(More)