Limb movement, intensity of integral afferent impulses from limb receptors, and level of primary afferent terminal polarization during locomotion in cats decerebrated at high level
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The relationship between parameters of electrical muscle activity, changes at hindlimb joint angles, intensity of integral afferent flow, and dorsal root potential during real-life locomotion was investigated in cats decerebrated at high level. Characteristics of rear limb movements before and after deafferentation were described. It was found that afferent activity during locomotion motion consists, of two components — a tonic and a periodic phasic stage. Three main waves may be distinguished in the latter, each of which gives rise to associated changes in the level of primary afferent terminal polarization. These changes in turn are summated with the effects produced by the central generator. Correlations, between the parameters of these processes were investigated and the mechanisms underlying afferent control of locomotion generator function discussed.
KeywordsGenerator Function Muscle Activity Dorsal Root Joint Angle Limb Movement
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