Brainstem Control of Spinal Cord Function

Brainstem Control of Spinal Cord Function

1st Edition - January 1, 1984

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  • Editor: Charles Barnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323156776

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Brainstem Control of Spinal Cord Function summarizes the research findings on major bulbospinal control systems. It explores how sensory, reflex-evoking inputs to the central nervous system (CNS) modulate descending control signals and how descending control signals regulate the excitability or gains of the segmental reflex arcs. It also looks at the role of the reticulospinal system in the control of movement, the effects of labyrinth and neck inputs on vestibulospinal and medullary reticulospinal neurons, the behavioral significance of the raphe-spinal system, locus coeruleus control of spinal cord activity, and the influence of allergic encephalomyelitis on monoaminergic neurotransmission. Organized into six chapters, this book begins with an overview of the findings on how human spinal reflexes are modulated. It then discusses the reticulospinal system, its role in the control of movements, and its involvement in responses elicited from several sensory systems. In addition, the book examines the response characteristics of the vestibulospinal and the medullary reticulospinal systems based on experiments on labyrinthine and neck input. Other chapters focus on all aspects, including motor and sensory, of the raphe-spinal system, physiological aspects of coerulospinal neurons, and the mechanisms by which allergic encephalomyelitis results in hindlimb paralysis. This book is a valuable resource for physiologists and students of physiology.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    1. Modulation of Human Spinal Reflexes

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods for Observing Human Reflex Responses

    III. Responses at the Ankle, Wrist, and Elbow Joints

    IV. Modulation of the Electromyographic Response

    V. Reflex Contributions to Motor Behavior

    VI. Summary and Conclusions


    2. The Reticulospinal System and Its Role in the Control of Movement

    I. Introduction

    II . Anatomy of Reticulospinal Systems

    III. Reticulomotor Connections

    IV. Reticulospinal Role in Vestibular Reflexes

    V. Reticulospinal Role in Tectal Orienting Responses

    VI. Reticulospinal Role in Responses Evoked by Activation of Somatic Afférents

    VII. Cerebral and Cerebellar Action on Reticulospinal Neurons

    VIII. Conclusions


    3. A Comparison of the Response Characteristics of Vestibulospinal and Medullary Reticulospinal Neurons to Labyrinth and Neck Inputs

    I. Introduction

    II. Experimental Procedures

    III. Results

    IV. Discussion

    V. Summary


    4. The Raphe-Spinal System


    I. Introduction

    II. Anatomy

    III. Physiology

    IV. Behavioral Significance of Raphe-Spinal System

    V. Conclusions


    5. Locus Coeruleus Control of Spinal Cord Activity

    I. Introduction

    II. Historical Perspectives

    III. Anatomy

    IV. Physiology

    V. Methodology

    VI. Results and Discussion


    6. Experimental Allergic Encephalomyelitis: Effects on Monoaminergic Neurotransmission

    I. Introduction

    II. Neurophysiological Basis of Clinical Signs

    III. Summary and Conclusions



Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: January 1, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323156776

About the Editor

Charles Barnes

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Department of Veterinaty and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, Washington State University

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