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Physiol Rep. 2013 Jul;1(2):e00021. doi: 10.1002/phy2.21. Epub 2013 Jul 8.

Modeling zero-lag synchronization of dorsal horn neurons during the traveling of electrical waves in the cat spinal cord.

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  • 1Instituto de Física Interdisciplinar y Sistemas Complejos (IFISC, UIB-CSIC), Campus Universitat de les Illes Balears E-07122, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.


The first electrophysiological evidence of the phenomenon of traveling electrical waves produced by populations of interneurons within the spinal cord was reported by our interdisciplinary research group. Two interesting observations derive from this study: first, the negative spontaneous cord dorsum potentials (CDPs) that are superimposed on the propagating sinusoidal electrical waves are not correlated with any scratching phase; second, these CDPs do not propagate along the lumbosacral spinal segments, but they appear almost simultaneously at different spinal segments. The aim of this study was to provide experimental data and a mathematical model to explain the simultaneous occurrence of traveling waves and the zero-lag synchronization of some CDPs.


Dorsal horn neurons; central pattern generator; scratching; traveling waves

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