Pyramidotomy abolishes the abnormal movements evoked by intracortical microstimulation in adult rats that sustained neonatal cortical lesions

Brain Res. 1987 Jul 7;415(1):172-7. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(87)90283-6.


Unilateral sensorimotor cortical lesions in newborn rats result in the development of an anomalous ipsilateral corticospinal tract originating from the opposite unablated hemisphere. Intracortical microstimulation of the intact hemisphere in adult rats that sustained such lesions demonstrated a reduction in current threshold levels needed to evoke ipsilateral forelimb movements. Disruption of the low-threshold ipsilateral movements by medullary pyramidotomy as observed in the present study suggests that these movements were mediated by the anomalous ipsilateral corticospinal tract fibers which traverse the medullary pyramid.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn / physiology
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Forelimb / innervation
  • Forelimb / physiology
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Movement*
  • Neuronal Plasticity
  • Pyramidal Tracts / physiology*
  • Pyramidal Tracts / surgery
  • Rats
  • Sensory Thresholds
  • Somatosensory Cortex / physiology*