Evidence of shared, direct input to motoneurons supplying synergist muscles in humans

R. K. Powers*, S. Vanden Noven, W. Z. Rymer

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Cross-correlation techniques were used to test for the presence of shared, direct input to motoneurons innervating different synergist elbow flexor muscles in man. Motor unit activity was recorded intramuscularly from two elbow flexor muscles during steady isometric elbow flexion in normal and paretic subjects. To increase the probability of detecting weak synchrony, one of the intramuscular needles was positioned to record multiunit activity. Significant correlogram peaks were obtained in 25 57 runs in normal subjects, and the features of the correlograms were similar to those previously reported based on cross-correlation of two single units within the same muscle. Further, the characteristics of discharge synchrony measured in paretic stroke patients are consistent with other reports on the effects of stroke on synchrony among motoneurons belonging to the same pool, i.e. narrow correlogram peaks were rare in paretic subjects and significant correlogram peaks often had longer than normal durations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 17 1989


  • Synchrony
  • cross-correlation
  • motor unit
  • paresis
  • stroke
  • synergist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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