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1. Signal averaging was used in forty experiments on low-spinal cats to measure and characterize the oligosynaptic responses of seventy-six motoneurons supplying the medial gastrocnemius muscle to the single impulses of antidromically stimulated single motor axons supplying the same muscle. 2. In thirteen experiments on chloralose-urethane anaesthetized(More)
1. The amplitude of recurrent inhibitory postsynaptic potentials (RIPSPs) was examined in pairs of lumbosacral motoneurons that were separated by a known distance and were identified by antidromic stimulation of muscle nerves. One motoneuron was stimulated by injecting depolarizing current pulses, and postsynaptic responses were recorded and averaged in the(More)
Evidence is presented for the existence of synchrony between the spike trains of muscle afferents of the passive cat medial gastrocnemius muscle held at fixed length. Synchrony between the spike trains of a population of muscle afferents was quantified by means of a synchronization index (Is), derived from spike-triggered averages of the muscle-nerve(More)
1. The distribution of recurrent Renshaw inhibition was examined in the medial gastrocnemius motor nucleus of the cat by measurement of single-axon recurrent inhibitory post-synaptic potentials (recurrent i.p.s.p.s) in motoneurones supplying medial gastrocnemius produced by single impulses of antidromically stimulated single motor axons supplying the same(More)
1. The temporal features and strength of recurrent facilitatory potentials were examined in pairs of lumbosacral motoneurons that were separated by a known distance and were identified by antidromic stimulation of muscle nerves. One motoneuron was stimulated by injecting depolarizing current pulses, and responses were recorded in the second motoneuron. The(More)
1. Recurrent inhibitory postsynaptic potentials (IPSPs) to and from motoneurons innervating the flexor digitorum longus (FDL) and flexor hallucis longus (FHL) muscles of the cat were investigated to determine whether recurrent inhibitory projections involving these motoneurons are similar--as would be consistent with the Ia and anatomic synergism of FDL and(More)
Evidence is presented for the existence of a localization of monosynaptic Ia excitatory post-synaptic potentials (e.p.s.p.s) in the motor nucleus of a cat hind limb muscle. Intracellular recordings from biceps femoris motoneurones were made in anaesthetized low spinal cats of the effects of stimuli to the nerve branches supplying the anterior, middle, and(More)
Experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that a partitioning of Ia monosynaptic excitatory postsynaptic potentials (Ia EPSPs) is present in motor nuclei supplying muscles with regions capable of different mechanical actions. Intracellular recordings of synaptic potentials were made in lateral gastrocnemius (LG) motoneurons in anesthetized(More)