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The contralateral input to the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in the decerebrate spinal rat.

Fitzgerald, M; (1982) The contralateral input to the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in the decerebrate spinal rat. Brain Res , 236 (2) pp. 275-287.

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Abstract

Input from the contralateral limb and tail was examined in the lumbar dorsal horn of decerebrate spinal rats. Fifty-three cells were recorded from laminae 4, 5 and 6 and classified according to their ipsilateral response to natural and electrical stimulation. Twenty-nine (54%) of these cells were found to have inhibitory contralateral fields. This inhibition was evoked by noxious pinching or heating of the skin. In most cases the inhibitory field was a mirror image of the excitatory ipsilateral field although it also often included the tail. Activity evoked by natural and electrical stimulation as well as spontaneous activity was inhibited by contralateral skin stimulation. Noxious specific and wide dynamic range cells displayed these fields but low threshold mechanoreceptive cells did not. Twenty-six cells (49%) received direct short-latency excitatory input from the contralateral sciatic nerve; this correlated well with the presence of contralateral fields. Trains of stimuli applied to the contralateral sciatic nerve at A delta- and C-fibre strength resulted in inhibition of the cell whereas trains of A beta strength had no effect. The results demonstrate the existence of segmental contralateral control over dorsal horn cell activity, not involving supraspinal pathways.

Type: Article
Title: The contralateral input to the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in the decerebrate spinal rat.
Location: Netherlands
Keywords: Animals, Decerebrate State, Electric Stimulation, Evoked Potentials, Female, Hindlimb, Male, Neural Inhibition, Pain, Rats, Sciatic Nerve, Sensation, Spinal Cord, Thermosensing
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Neuro, Physiology and Pharmacology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1458347
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