Responses from dorsal column nuclei (DCN) in the monkey to stimulation of upper and lower limbs and spinal cord

  • Møller A
  • Sekiya T
  • Sen C
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Abstract

Responses from the dorsal surface of the exposed dorsal column nuclei (DCN) in baboons and a monkey (Macaca fascicularis) were recorded in response to electrical stimulation of the posterior tibial nerve at the ankle, the common peroneal nerve at the knee, the sciatic nerve, the spinal cord at T10, and the median nerve at the wrist. Recordings of far-field potentials from the vertex with a non-cephalic reference were made before exposing the DCN and simultaneously with recordings from the DCN. The response recorded from the DCN using a monopolar electrode to median nerve stimulation was a negative deflection (N wave) followed by a large and slow positive wave (P wave). The N wave was often preceded by a small positive deflection. The response from the median nerve to electrical stimulation of the DCN had the same latency as the initial positive peak and the initial portion of the N wave in the response from the DCN to stimulation of the median nerve, indicating that the initial positive peak was generated by presynaptic events in the DCN. The response recorded from the surface of the DCN to stimulation of the lower limbs consisted of many irregular waves followed by a large, positive deflection. Sometimes these irregular waves were superimposed on a small negative peak, and they were preceded by a positive deflection. The response from the tibial nerve to stimulation of the DCN consisted of a series of waves that had the same latency as the waves of the response from the DCN to stimulation of the tibial nerve. When interpreting the data from responses to stimulation of the lower limbs it must be kept in mind that the peaks in the far-field responses are less pronounced than they are in the responses to stimulation of the upper limbs. The response recorded from the surface of the DCN is more complex than that recorded in response to stimulation of the upper limbs. © 1989.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Dorsal column nucleus
  • Somatosensory evoked potentials

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Authors

  • Aage R. Møller

  • Tetsuji Sekiya

  • Chandra N. Sen

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