Journal article

SELECTIVE EFFECTS OF(-)-BACLOFEN ON SPINAL SYNAPTIC TRANSMISSION IN THE CAT

DR CURTIS, D LODGE, JC BORNSTEIN, MJ PEET

EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1981

Abstract

When ejected microelectrophoretically near spinal interneurones of cats anaesthetised with pentobarbitone and under conditions where postsynaptic excitability was maintained artificially at a constant level, (-), but not (+), -baclofen selectively reduced monosynaptic excitation by impulses in low threshold muscle (Ia and Ib) and cutaneous (Aalpha) afferents. Polysynaptic excitation of interneurones and Renshaw cells by impulses in higher threshold afferents was less affected, and baclofen had little or no effect on the cholinergic monosynaptic excitation of Renshaw cells. Glycinergic and gabergic inhibitions of spinal neurones were relatively insensitive to baclofen. These stereospecific ac..

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