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Convergence of autonomic, somatic, and vestibular afferent impulses on single units of the medullary vasomotor center of the cat

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Responses of vasomotor neurons of the cat medulla to electrical stimulation of the depressor nerve and of mixed nerves of the limbs and to adequate stimulation of the vestibular apparatus were investigated. Evoked unit activity was demonstrated as groups of action potentials followed by inhibition of spontaneous activity. Three types of unit responses to stimulation of the depressor nerve and somatic afferent fibers and changes in unit activity in response to vestibular stimulation are described. The features distinguishing the convergence of afferent impulses on vasomotor neurons are discussed.

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Institute of Medico-Biological Problems, Ministry of Health of the USSR, Moscow. Translated from Neirofiziologiya, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 460–467, September–October, 1973.

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Aizikov, G.S., Malikova, S.N. Convergence of autonomic, somatic, and vestibular afferent impulses on single units of the medullary vasomotor center of the cat. Neurophysiology 5, 351–357 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01067993

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  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Spontaneous Activity
  • Unit Activity
  • Single Unit
  • Afferent Fiber