Robertas Guzulaitis

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The transient suppression of motor activity in the spinal cord after a cutaneous stimulus is termed the cutaneous silent period (CSP). It is not known if CSP is due to suppression of the premotor network or direct inhibition of motoneurons. This issue was examined by intracellular recordings from motoneurons in the isolated carapace-spinal cord preparation(More)
In reduced preparations, hindlimb movements can be generated by a minimal network of neurons in the limb innervating spinal segments. The network of neurons that generates real movements is less well delineated. In an ex vivo carapace-spinal cord preparation from adult turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans), we show that ventral horn interneurons in(More)
Voltage dependent ion channels can influence signal integration in neurons dramatically. In addition to the classical fast-inactivating Na(+) current that mediates action potentials, many neurons also express persistent sodium current (I(NaP)). Activating at membrane potentials below the threshold for action potentials, this current may amplify excitatory(More)
Intrinsic response properties of neurons change during network activity. These changes may reinforce the initiation of particular forms of network activity. If so, the involvement of neurons in particular behaviours in multifunctional networks could be determined by up- or down-regulation of their intrinsic excitability. Here we employed an experimental(More)
During functional spinal neural network activity motoneurons receive massive synaptic excitation and inhibition, and their membrane conductance increases considerably - they are switched to a high-conductance state. High-conductance states can substantially alter response properties of motoneurons. In the present study we investigated how an increase in(More)
UNLABELLED Intense synaptic transmission during scratch network activity increases conductance and induces irregular firing in spinal motoneurons. It is not known whether this high-conductance state is a select feature for scratching or a property that goes with spinal motor network activity in general. Here we compare conductance and firing patterns in(More)
The gain of motoneurons (MNs) characterizes how variations in synaptic input are transformed in to variations in output firing and muscle contraction. Experimentally gain is often defined as the frequency-current relation observed in response to injected suprathreshold square current pulses or current ramps during intracellular recording. The gain of MNs is(More)
Regular firing in spinal motoneurons of red-eared turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans, either sex) evoked by steady depolarization at rest is replaced by irregular firing during functional network activity. The transition caused by increased input conductance and synaptic fluctuations in membrane potential was suggested to originate from intense concurrent(More)
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