Neural control of phrenic motoneuron discharge.

  title={Neural control of phrenic motoneuron discharge.},
  author={Kun-Ze Lee and D D Fuller},
  journal={Respiratory physiology & neurobiology},
  volume={179 1},
Phrenic motoneurons (PMNs) provide a synaptic relay between bulbospinal respiratory pathways and the diaphragm muscle. PMNs also receive propriospinal inputs, although the functional role of these interneuronal projections has not been established. Here we review the literature regarding PMN discharge patterns during breathing and the potential mechanisms that underlie PMN recruitment. Anatomical and neurophysiological studies indicate that PMNs form a heterogeneous pool, with respiratory… CONTINUE READING


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