Zhuo Meng

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In the cat, the motor representation in motor cortex develops between wk 8 and wk 13. Motor map development is accompanied by a decrease in the current thresholds for evoking movements with a concomitant increase in the number of effective sites, an increase in the distal representation, and the representation of multijoint synergies. In this study we used(More)
Early motor experiences have been shown to be important for the development of motor skills in humans and animals. However, little is known about the role of motor experience in motor system development. In this study, we address the question of whether early motor experience is important in shaping the development of the corticospinal (CS) tract. We(More)
A new approach to dimension-reduction mapping of multidimensional pattern data is presented. The motivation for this work is to provide a computationally efficient method for visualizing large bodies of complex multidimensional data as a relatively "topologically correct" lower dimensional approximation. Examples of the use of this approach in obtaining(More)
During early postnatal development, corticospinal (CS) system stimulation, electrical or transcranial magnetic, is minimally effective in producing muscle contraction, despite having axon terminals that excite spinal neurons. Later, after stimulation becomes more effective, the cortical motor representation develops, and movements the system controls in(More)
The corticospinal system has a delayed and prolonged postnatal development. In the cat, lesion, inactivation, or stimulation of the system influence motor output minimally when corticospinal (CS) terminals have an immature topographic pattern but produce robust effects immediately after developing the mature pattern by weeks 6-7. In this study, we directly(More)
We have developed an innovative way to establish a functional bridge around a spinal lesion. We disconnected the T13 nerve from its muscle targets, leaving the proximal end intact. The cut end was inserted either into an intact spinal cord, to assess regeneration of T13 axons into the cord and synapse formation with spinal neurons, or caudal to a(More)
The Sox family of transcription factors is thought to regulate gene expression in a wide variety of developmental processes. Here we describe the cloning of the X. laevis orthologs of the SoxB2 family of transcription factors, sox14 and sox21. In situ hybridization revealed that sox14 expression is restricted to the hypothalamus, dorsal thalamus, the optic(More)
This paper first presents a 3D analytical model for analyzing the radial air-gap magnetic field between the inner and outer magnetic rotors of the permanent magnet couplings by using the Amperian current model. Based on the air-gap field analysis, the eddy current loss in the isolation cover is predicted according to the Maxwell's equations. A 3D finite(More)