Functions of mammalian spinal interneurons during movement

E. E. Fetz*, S. I. Perlmutter, Y. Prut

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The major recent advances in understanding the role of spinal neurons in generating movement include new information about the modulation of classic reflex pathways during fictive locomotion and in response to pharmacological probes. The possibility of understanding movements in terms of spinal representations of a basic set of movement primitives has been extended by the analysis of normal reflexes. Recordings of the activity of cervical interneurons in behaving monkeys has elucidated their contribution to generating voluntary movement and revealed their involvement in movement preparation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)699-707
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Institutes of Health grants NS12542, NS36781 and RR00166.


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