Developmental Aspects of Muscle Stretch Receptor Function in the Rat and the Cat

  • R. Vejsada
  • P. Hník
  • L. Jami
  • R. Payne
  • D. Zytnicki


It was already Skoglund in 1960 who pointed out that the functional properties of muscle spindles of young kittens differ in several aspects from those of adult cats. One of the most conspicuous features in new-born kitten spindles was their phasic activity upon a ramp-and-hold stretch of the parent muscle. According to Skoglund (1960 b), this fast-adapting response prevailed in gastrocnemius muscle spindles until 6–10 days after birth.


Hind Limb Muscle Spindle Early Postnatal Period Stretch Receptor Acta Physiol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Vejsada
    • 1
  • P. Hník
    • 1
  • L. Jami
    • 2
  • R. Payne
    • 3
  • D. Zytnicki
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of PhysiologyCzechoslovak Academy of SciencesPragueCzechoslovakia
  2. 2.Laboratoire de NeurophysiologieCollège de FranceParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Physiology, Marischal CollegeUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenScotland

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