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Horizontal vestibular nystagmus. I. Identification of medial vestibular neurones

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    The properties of inputs from the horizontal semi-circular canal to neurones of the medial vestibular nucleus have been studied intracellularly in the unanaesthetized encéphale isolé cat.

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    Secondary neurones of the vestibulo-abducens reflex arc were identified by their orthodromic response to labyrinthine stimulation and by antidromic excitation from the contralateral abducens nucleus.

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    The responses of medial vestibular cells receiving only labyrinthine inputs are also described. These were seen to be predominantly excitatory though IPSPs were observed in a few cases.

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    Identified vestibular neurones were intracellularly injected with procion yellow and showed different morphological characteristics correlated with function.

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Grant, K., Gueritaud, J.P., Horcholle-Bossavit, G. et al. Horizontal vestibular nystagmus. I. Identification of medial vestibular neurones. Exp Brain Res 26, 367–386 (1976).

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  • Medial vestibular neurones
  • Vestibulo-abducens reflex arc