Analysis of firing behaviour of human motoneurones within 'subprimary range'

J Physiol Paris. Jan-Apr 1999;93(1-2):115-23. doi: 10.1016/s0928-4257(99)80142-9.


Firing behaviour of human motoneurones within a low range of frequencies was studied during voluntary muscle contraction. It was found that, in contrast to the higher 'primary range', both excitability and inhibitibility of these motoneurones were significantly higher. As to their minimal firing rates, no correlation between them and the reciprocal values of afterhyperpolarization (AHP) duration was found. This suggests that AHP can hardly be regarded as the main factor controlling the behaviour of human motoneurones within the low-frequency range of firing and that this range (termed here 'subprimary range') should be kept apart from the 'primary range'.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Membrane Potentials / physiology
  • Motor Neurons / physiology*
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology
  • Muscle, Smooth / physiology*
  • Neural Inhibition / physiology