Dorsal Root Potentials after C-Fiber Stimulation

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Science  24 May 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3830, pp. 896-898
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3830.896


A pure volley from C-fibers, set up by electrical stimulation of a cutaneous nerve and subsequent selective blocking of the A-fibers, generates in the cat spinal cord a dorsal root potential (C-DRP). Its polarity is the same as that of the dorsal root potential elicited by stimulation of the A-fibers (A-DRP), thus probably providing presynaptic inhibition of primary afferents. The size of the C-DRP increases in proportion to the size of the C-volley. A preceding A-DRP reduces the C-DRP.

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