Author(s): Davidson AG, Buford JA
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Abstract The motor output of the medial pontomedullary reticular formation (mPMRF) was investigated using stimulus-triggered averaging (StimulusTA) of EMG responses from proximal arm and shoulder muscles in awake, behaving monkeys (M. fascicularis). Muscles studied on the side ipsilateral (i) to stimulation were biceps (iBic), triceps (iTri), anterior deltoid (iADlt), posterior deltoid (iPDlt), and latissimus dorsi (iLat). The upper and middle trapezius were studied on the ipsilateral and contralateral (c) side (iUTr, cUTr, iMTr, cMTr). Of 133 sites tested, 97 (73\%) produced a poststimulus effect (PStE) in one or more muscles; on average, 38\% of the sampled muscles responded per effective site. For responses that were observed in the arm and shoulder, poststimulus facilitation (PStF) was prevalent for the flexors, iBic (8 responses, 100\% PStF) and iADlt (13 responses, 77\% PStF), and poststimulus suppression (PStS) was prevalent for the extensors, iTri (22 responses, 96\% PStS) and iLat (16 responses, 81\% PStS). For trapezius muscles, PStS of upper trapezius (iUTr, 49 responses, 73\% PStS) and PStF of middle trapezius (iMTr, 22 responses, 64\% PStF) were prevalent ipsilaterally, and PStS of middle trapezius (cMTr, 6 responses, 67\% PStS) and PStF of upper trapezius (cUTr, 46 responses, 83\% PStS) were prevalent contralaterally. Onset latencies were significantly earlier for PStF (7.0 +/- 2.2 ms) than for PStS (8.6 +/- 2.0 ms). At several sites, extremely strong PStF was evoked in iUTr, even though PStS was most common for this muscle. The anatomical antagonists iBic/iTri were affected reciprocally when both responded. The bilateral muscle pair iUTr/cUTr demonstrated various combinations of effects, but cUTr PStF with iUTr PStS was prevalent. Overall, the results are consistent with data from the cat and show that outputs from the mPMRF can facilitate or suppress activity in muscles involved in reaching; responses that would contribute to flexion of the ipsilateral arm were prevalent.
This article was published in J Neurophysiol
and referenced in International Journal of Neurorehabilitation