Unraveling the mechanism for respiratory rhythm generation

Donald R. McCrimmon*, Jan Marino Ramirez, Simon Alford, Edward J. Zuperku

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Breathing is generated by a neuronal network located within the caudal brainstem. One area of particular significance for respiratory rhythm generation is the pre-Botzinger (preBotC) complex in the ventrolateral medulla. An important step towards understanding the cellular and network basis by which neurons within this region generate the respiratory rhythm was made in a recent study by Koshiya and Smith. Using simultaneous image analysis and electrophysiological techniques these authors identified a discrete population of synaptically-coupled pacemaker neurons within the preBotC. They postulated that these neurons constitute the minimal essential network component (kernel) for generating the respiratory rhythm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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