Inhibition downunder: an update from the spinal cord.


Inhibitory neurons in the spinal cord perform dedicated roles in processing somatosensory information and shaping motor behaviors that range from simple protective reflexes to more complex motor tasks such as locomotion, reaching and grasping. Recent efforts examining inhibition in the spinal cord have been directed toward determining how inhibitory cell types are specified and incorporated into the sensorimotor circuitry, identifying and characterizing molecularly defined cohorts of inhibitory neurons and interrogating the functional contribution these cells make to sensory processing and motor behaviors. Rapid progress is being made on all these fronts, driven in large part by molecular genetic and optogenetic approaches that are being creatively combined with neuroanatomical, electrophysiological and behavioral techniques.

DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2014.03.006
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@article{Goulding2014InhibitionDA, title={Inhibition downunder: an update from the spinal cord.}, author={Martyn Goulding and Steeve Bourane and Lidia Garcia-Campmany and Antoine Dalet and Stephanie C Koch}, journal={Current opinion in neurobiology}, year={2014}, volume={26}, pages={161-6} }