The commissural inhibition on secondary vestibulo-ocular neurons in the vertical semicircular canal systems in the cat

Neurosci Lett. 1986 Oct 8;70(2):210-6. doi: 10.1016/0304-3940(86)90465-9.

Abstract

The commissural inhibition on secondary vestibulo-ocular neurons (VOns) from the contralateral (c-) vertical canal system in the same geometric plane was studied in the anesthetized cat. The secondary VOns were identified by their orthodromic responses to stimulation of the ampullary nerves of the anterior (ACN) or posterior (PCN) semicircular canals and also by their antidromic responses to stimulation of the IIIrd and IVth nuclei. The majority of ACN-activated excitatory VOns in the descending and medial nuclei (32/36, 89%) and in the superior nucleus (20/23, 87%), received commissural inhibition from the c-PCN, while only few ACN-activated inhibitory VOns (3/35, 9%) in the superior nucleus received commissural inhibition from the c-PCN. On the other hand, all of the PCN-activated excitatory (50/50) and inhibitory (30/30) VOns in the vestibular nuclei received commissural inhibition following c-ACN stimulation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials
  • Animals
  • Cats
  • Membrane Potentials
  • Motor Neurons / physiology
  • Neural Inhibition*
  • Oculomotor Muscles / innervation
  • Reflex, Vestibulo-Ocular*
  • Semicircular Canals / physiology
  • Vestibular Nerve / physiology*
  • Vestibular Nuclei / physiology*