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hypergravity exposure decreases gamma-aminobutyric acid immunoreactivity in axon terminals contacting pyramidal cells in the rat somatosensory cortex: a quantitative immunocytochemical image analysisQuantitative evaluation of gamma-aminobutyric acid immunoreactivity (GABA-IR) in the hindlimb representation of the rat somatosensory cortex after 14 days of exposure to hypergravity (hyper-G) was conducted by using computer-assisted image processing. The area of GABA-IR axosomatic terminals apposed to pyramidal cells of cortical layer V was reduced in rats exposed to hyper-G compared with control rats, which were exposed either to rotation alone or to vivarium conditions. Based on previous immunocytochemical and behavioral studies, we suggest that this reduction is due to changes in sensory feedback information from muscle receptors. Consequently, priorities for muscle recruitment are altered at the cortical level, and a new pattern of muscle activity is thus generated. It is proposed that the reduction observed in GABA-IR of the terminal area around pyramidal neurons is the immunocytochemical expression of changes in the activity of GABAergic cells that participate in reprogramming motor outputs to achieve effective movement control in response to alterations in the afferent information.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
D'Amelio, F.
(San Jose State University Foundation California, United States)
Wu, L. C.
Fox, R. A.
Daunton, N. G.
Corcoran, M. L.
Polyakov, I.
Date Acquired
August 22, 2013
Publication Date
July 15, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of neuroscience research
Volume: 53
Issue: 2
ISSN: 0360-4012
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Distribution Limits
Non-NASA Center
NASA Discipline Neuroscience