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Such an early latency clearly indi- Three questions arise concerning the central path- cates a spinal reflex (see above) avana 50mg. The spinal origin way of the effects produced by stimulation of low- of the reflex is also suggested by the finding that sim- threshold cutaneous afferents. When the cutaneomuscular tion of the peripheral afferent and efferent conduc- response can be obtained with a single shock, a tiontimesfromthelatencyoftheresponse. Theaffer- more precise estimate of the central delay is pos- ent conduction time was determined by recording sible, as short as 1–2 ms in some cases, imply- the spinal evoked response after cutaneous stimula- ing an oligosynaptic pathway (Jenner & Stephens, tion at C7 for the upper limb and T12 for the lower 1982). Spike-triggered averaging of the EMG against limb, and the efferent conduction time was calcu- natural spike trains of single cutaneous afferents lated by halving the sum of the latencies of the M has allowed a spinal reflex pathway to be demon- andFwaves. Usingasingleconditioningvolley,itwas strated at a single unit level (McNulty & Macefield, demonstratedthatthemeancentraldelayoftheear- 2002). Thus, with an afferent activated from a FAI liest excitation (E1) in extensor digitorum brevis and mechanoreceptor in the skin of the index finger, the FDI was 2. Short stimulus trains to the sural but, in the absence of the conduction velocity for nerve produce excitation in the peroneus longus at the afferent, it does not indicate whether the path- a latency of 44 ms, which implies an oligosynaptic way is oligosynaptic or polysynaptic, though the spinal pathway and, given the necessity of temporal former is likely given that polysynaptic connections summation, the early inhibition in tibialis anterior are more difficult to define using spike-triggered andsoleusisalsoconsistentwithashortspinalpath- averaging. A spinal mechanism explains the short-latency inhi- RII reflex bition (2–3 ms central delay) and following facilita- tion of the flexor carpi radialis H reflex after stimu- In the case of responses recorded at rest, such as the lation of the fingertip (Cavallari & Lalli, 1998;Fig. The dominant effect of stimulation of tac- out the possibility that the response to cutaneous tile cutaneous afferents in the sural nerve is a diffuse stimulation reflects a change in the contraction- long-latencyfacilitation,whichhasbeenshowntobe induced Ib discharge or in the propriospinally medi- supraspinal (see pp. However, this mech- neurones transmitting the contraction-induced Ib anism cannot account for the inhibition (I1) follow- afferent discharge (Chapter 6,pp. These different jections of C3–C4 propriospinal neurones to these possibilities have been generally neglected and are muscles (Chapter 10,p. It also cannot account for the inhi- from cutaneous mechanoreceptors has been sought bitionofthetibialisanteriororsoleusdocumentedin without success in the lower limb of reclining sub- Fig. This could contribute to the task- Depression of presynaptic inhibition of Ia terminals dependent changes in cutaneomuscular reflexes mediating the afferent volley of the test reflex can then observed (cf. However, given be produced by low-threshold cutaneous afferents the delay of transmission across the loop, any in the upper and lower limbs (cf. The sural-induced early is facilitated in the tibialis anterior and only mod- inhibition observed in the on-going EMG of the estly inhibited in the soleus (Delwaide, Crenna & tibialis anterior and soleus could reflect cutaneous Fleron, 1981).