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Prog Brain Res. 1999;123:311-21.

The roles of spinal interneurons and motoneurons in the lamprey locomotor network.

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Department of Biology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, USA. james.buchanan@marquette.edu

Abstract

The isolated lamprey spinal cord offers a relatively simple and convenient adult preparation in which to investigate how nerve cells generate behavior and in particular the rhythmic motor patterns of locomotion. Nerve cell classes can be identified and their cellular and synaptic properties characterized, and a simple model based on demonstrated synaptic connectivity can account for major aspects of fictive swimming. Clearly, however, much remains to be learned. In particular, the properties of the spinal neurons have been shown to change during swimming activity but relatively little is known about how these changes occur or the effects that these changes have upon the activities of the network. In addition, much remains to be learned about the cell types and their synaptic interactions as demonstrated here with the newly discovered feedback connections from motoneurons, which have not been previously taken into account in modeling of the lamprey locomotor network.

PMID:
10635726
DOI:
10.1016/s0079-6123(08)62866-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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