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Interaction between disinhibited bursting and fictive locomotor patterns in the rat isolated spinal cord

Beato, M; Nistri, A; (1999) Interaction between disinhibited bursting and fictive locomotor patterns in the rat isolated spinal cord. J NEUROPHYSIOL , 82 (5) 2029 - 2038.

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Abstract

Using a transverse barrier that allowed discrete application of neurochemicals to certain lumbar regions of the rat isolated spinal cord, we studied the intersegmental organization of rhythmic patterns recorded extracellularly from ventral roots and intracellularly from single motoneurons. Fictive locomotor patterns were elicited by serotonin (5-HT) and/or N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) or high K+ solution applied to the rostral or caudal lumbar region of the cord. Neither 4-aminopyridine nor Mg2+-free solution shared this property. Coapplication of strychnine and bicuculline (blockers of fast synaptic inhibition) to the caudal part elicited slow bursting in the whole cord. These bursts could trigger episodes of fictive locomotion patterns in the rostral roots. When the rostral region was exposed to 5-HT and/or NMDA (during continuous application of strychnine and bicuculline caudally) a standard locomotor-like pattern was generated during each interburst interval and was surprisingly expressed with its typical pattern alternation even in the caudal area despite the local presence of strychnine and bicuculline. Midsagittal splitting of the caudal region did not change this alternating pattern, indicating that it was driven by rostral regions above the surgical cut. Discrete changes in the concentrations of NMDA rostrally modulated the burst amplitude recorded in the same region after caudal application of strychnine and bicuculline. The period of fictive locomotor patterns changed bimodally depending on the temporal relation with disinhibited bursts, indicating a tight interaction between these two rhythmic activities. These results are interpreted on the basis of a model that assumes a modular arrangement for the locomotor central pattern generator, made up by a series of unit burst generators with serial and crossed connections.

Type: Article
Title: Interaction between disinhibited bursting and fictive locomotor patterns in the rat isolated spinal cord
Keywords: VITRO NEONATAL RAT, IN-VITRO, NEWBORN RAT, PHARMACOLOGICAL BLOCK, GLUTAMATE RECEPTORS, HINDLIMB LOCOMOTION, NEURAL NETWORKS, LOCALIZATION, MOTONEURONS, SEROTONIN
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/177045
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