Cortical foci in which stimulation produced movement in either the forelimb or hindlimb were isolated in rats. In each experiment, two foci were selected: one for movement in the forelimb, and the other in the hindlimb. Stimulation was subsequently reduced in order to avoid eliciting a movement, and the effects of this stimulation on activity of gracile and cuneate neurons were examined. Both excitation and inhibition were observed and were found to be arranged in a somatotopic manner. Excitation was almost exclusively obtained when the receptive field (RF) of a given neuron corresponded to the body surfaces overlying the joints involved in the cortically evoked movement. A high percentage of neurons with RFs on body surfaces corresponding to, or adjacent to, the region of cortically induced movement were inhibited, while the activity of neurons with RFs distant to the site of movement was seldom modified. These results suggest that cortical influences exerted on the dorsal column nuclei (DCN) in rats are organized in a somatotopic manner. © 1985 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

Effect of microstimulation of movement-evoking cortical foci on the activity of neurons on the dorsal column nuclei

Giuffrida, Rosario;Sapienza, Salvatore
1985

Abstract

Cortical foci in which stimulation produced movement in either the forelimb or hindlimb were isolated in rats. In each experiment, two foci were selected: one for movement in the forelimb, and the other in the hindlimb. Stimulation was subsequently reduced in order to avoid eliciting a movement, and the effects of this stimulation on activity of gracile and cuneate neurons were examined. Both excitation and inhibition were observed and were found to be arranged in a somatotopic manner. Excitation was almost exclusively obtained when the receptive field (RF) of a given neuron corresponded to the body surfaces overlying the joints involved in the cortically evoked movement. A high percentage of neurons with RFs on body surfaces corresponding to, or adjacent to, the region of cortically induced movement were inhibited, while the activity of neurons with RFs distant to the site of movement was seldom modified. These results suggest that cortical influences exerted on the dorsal column nuclei (DCN) in rats are organized in a somatotopic manner. © 1985 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
Physiology; Sensory Systems
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