Input Resistance, Electrical Excitability, and Size of Ventral Horn Cells in Cat Spinal Cord

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Science  17 Jun 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3729, pp. 1637-1639
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3729.1637


Experiments on cat lumbosacral alpha motoneurones showed that, in comparison with cells possessing rapidly conducting axons, the cells with slowly conducting axons have the higher input resistance, that they need weaker stimulating currents to reach the threshold for repetitive firing, and that they need a relatively larger increment in current strength for a given increase in firing rate. Measurements of the number and diameters of dendritic trunks gave larger values for the larger cell bodies. The discussion deals with the interrelation between cell geometry, electrical properties, and the reflex action of alpha motoneurones.