Analysis of the processes of summation of postsynaptic potentials on the membrane of motoneurons upon realization of the stretch reflex

Abstract

Stretching of the m. triceps surae (TS) of decerebrated cats evokes reflex shifts of the membrane potential (MP) in spinal motoneurons resulting from summation of EPSPs. We carried out model analysis of summation of a great number of EPSPs and compared the respective results with changes in the MP observed in real experiments using intrasomatic microelectrode recording. Simulation was based on the supposition of the proximity of the time course of an excitatory postsynaptic current to the positive part of the EPSP derivative. Transformation of EPSPs was performed using low-frequency filtration with two values of the time constant, 7 and 20 msec, (models M1 and M2, respectively). The models obtained provided sufficiently adequate reflection of the ascending phase of the real EPSP but inadequately reflected the rate of its decline and slow components of the MP changes. The disagreement of simulations with the real MP shifts shows that, most probably, final postsynaptic effects are to a considerable extent provided by summation of a great number of EPSPs generated in distal dendrites, and EPSPs immediately recorded in trasomatically cannot provide one with adequate information on the entire pattern of natural synaptic activation of the neuron. In addition, simulation analysis demonstrated a high probability of the contribution of active inhibitory processes to the formation of resulting MP changes under conditions of the stretch reflex.

DOI: 10.1007/s11062-008-9040-5

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@article{Bulgakova2008AnalysisOT, title={Analysis of the processes of summation of postsynaptic potentials on the membrane of motoneurons upon realization of the stretch reflex}, author={N. V. Bulgakova and S. V. Litvinenko and A. I. Kostyukov}, journal={Neurophysiology}, year={2008}, volume={40}, pages={220-223} }