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J Appl Physiol (1985). 2004 Mar;96(3):1166-9.

Activation of thin-fiber muscle afferents by a P2X agonist in cats.

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  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis 95616, USA.


The responses of group III and IV triceps surae muscle afferents to intra-arterial injection of alpha,beta-methylene ATP (50 microg/kg) was examined in decerebrate cats. We found that this P2X(3) agonist stimulated only three of 18 group III afferents but 7 of 9 group IV afferents (P < 0.004). The three group III afferents stimulated by alpha,beta-methylene ATP conducted impulses below 4 m/s. Pyridoxal phosphate-6-azophenyl-2',4'-disulfonic acid, a P2-receptor antagonist, prevented the stimulation of these afferents by alpha,beta-methylene ATP. We conclude that P2X(3) agonists stimulate only the slowest conducting group III muscle afferents as well as group IV afferents.

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