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Experimental brain research

A pharmacological study of group I muscle afferent terminals and synaptic excitation in the intermediate nucleus and Clarke's column of the cat spinal cord.


PMID 3021503

Abstract

When administered microelectrophoretically GABA and piperidine-4-sulphonic acid depolarized the central terminations of muscle group Ia and Ib afferent fibres in the lumbar intermediate nucleus and Clarke's column of cats anaesthetised with pentobarbitone sodium. Both this depolarization, and primary afferent depolarization, generated by impulses in other primary afferent fibres which produce prolonged bicuculline-sensitive inhibition of the firing of group I afferent fibre-excited interneurones in the intermediate nucleus and cells in Clarke's column, are reduced by microelectrophoretic bicuculline methochloride. Systemically administered (+/-)-baclofen hydrochloride (maximum dose 8 mg kg-1) depressed the monosynaptic excitation of Clarke's column neurones by impulses in muscle and cutaneous afferent fibres. Microelectrophoretically administered (-)-baclofen reduced the bicuculline-sensitive primary afferent depolarization of group I terminations without, however, reducing the depolarizing action of GABA or piperidine-4-sulphonic acid. The depression by (-)-baclofen of the group I monosynaptic excitation of intermediate nucleus neurones is not reduced by concentrations of bicuculline methochloride adequate to suppress prolonged inhibition of these neurones.

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