Invertebrate central pattern generation moves along

Curr Biol. 2005 Sep 6;15(17):R685-99. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2005.08.022.


Central pattern generators (CPGs) are circuits that generate organized and repetitive motor patterns, such as those underlying feeding, locomotion and respiration. We summarize recent work on invertebrate CPGs which has provided new insights into how rhythmic motor patterns are produced and how they are controlled by higher-order command and modulatory interneurons.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Efferent Pathways / physiology
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology
  • Ganglia, Invertebrate / anatomy & histology*
  • Ganglia, Invertebrate / physiology*
  • Interneurons / physiology*
  • Invertebrates*
  • Locomotion / physiology
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Motor Neurons / physiology*
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / physiology
  • Periodicity


  • Neurotransmitter Agents