Alpha, beta and gamma motoneurons: functional diversity in the motor system's final pathway.

@article{Manuel2011AlphaBA,
  title={Alpha, beta and gamma motoneurons: functional diversity in the motor system's final pathway.},
  author={M. Manuel and D. Zytnicki},
  journal={Journal of integrative neuroscience},
  year={2011},
  volume={10 3},
  pages={
          243-76
        }
}
Since their discovery in the late 19th century our conception of motoneurons has steadily evolved. Motoneurons share the same general function: they drive the contraction of muscle fibers and are the final common pathway, i.e., the seat of convergence of all the central and peripheral pathways involved in motricity. However, motoneurons innervate different types of muscular targets. Ordinary muscle fibers are subdivided into three main subtypes according to their structural and mechanical… Expand
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