Reticulospinal Neurones Activate Excitatory Amino Acid Receptors
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Paired intracellular recordings were used to study the monosynaptic excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSP) in lamprey motoneurones evoked by stimulation of single reticulospinal Müller and Mauthner cells. The chemical component of the synaptic potentials was depressed by bath application of the non-selective excitatory amino acid The N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) antagonists Mg2+ and 2-amino-5-phosphonovalerate caused a selective depression of a late component of the EPSP. Thus, fast-conducting reticulospinal neurones appear to release an excitatory amino acid acting at both NMDA and non-NMDA receptors.