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C R Acad Sci III. 1988;307(10):591-6.

[Effects of partial unfused contractions of the gastrocnemius medialis muscle on homonymous and synergist motor neurons in cats].

[Article in French]

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Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie, Coll├Ęge de France, Paris.


Autogenetic inhibition of homonymous and synergist motoneurones can be elicited by very weak partial twitches of gastrocnemius medialis muscle, but during sustained contractions the amplitude of inhibitory post-synaptic potentials decreases quickly. A similar decrease also occurs during stronger contractions. The mechanism responsible for this decrease is still active in low spinal preparations. Pre-synaptic inhibition of Ib afferent fibres might contribute to this reduction of efficiency in the transmission of Ib afferent inputs to motoneurones.

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