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Brain Res. 1989 Dec 25;505(1):167-70.

Functional identification of last-order interneurones of skin reflex pathways in the cat forelimb segments.

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  • 1Department of Neurophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan.


Premotor neurones mediating skin reflex actions onto cat forelimb motoneurones at T1 were identified by observing their monosynaptic effects on motoneurones by means of spike-triggered averaging. Both excitatory and inhibitory premotor neurones, with mono- or polysynaptic inputs from skin afferents, were identified at C7 to rostral C8, and were found mostly in laminae V-VI. They received excitatory inputs from corticospinal and rubrospinal tract fibres.

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