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The intrinsic properties of mammalian spinal motoneurons provide them with the capability to produce high rates of sustained firing in response to transient inputs (bistability). Even though it has been suggested that a persistent dendritic calcium current is responsible for the depolarizing drive underlying this firing property, such a current has not been(More)
Motoneurons integrate synaptic input and produce output in the form of trains of action potentials such that appropriate muscle contraction occurs. Motoneuronal calcium currents play an important role in the production of this repetitive firing. Because these currents change in the postnatal period, it is necessary to study them in animals in which the(More)
Intrinsic membrane properties are important in the regulation of motoneuronal output during such behaviours as locomotion. A conductance through L-type calcium channels has been implicated as an essential component in the transduction of motoneuronal input to output during locomotion. Given the developmental changes in calcium currents occurring postnatally(More)
An in vitro isolated whole spinal cord preparation has been developed in 'motor functionally mature' mice; that is mice of developmental maturity sufficient to weight-bear and walk. In balb/c mice this stage occurs at around postnatal day 10 (P10). Administration of strychnine elicited synchronous activity bilaterally in lumbar ventral roots. Rhythmic(More)
Intestinal motilin is known to stimulate gastrointestinal motility. Recently, it was shown that the motilin gene and the motilin receptor are expressed in various regions of the brain. We studied whether motilin can activate pathways in the rat hippocampus to stimulate gastric motility. Gastric motility was monitored in conscious rats, whereas extracellular(More)
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