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The History of Neuroscience in AutobiographyVolume 7$
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Larry R. Squire

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396133.001.0001

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Terje Lømo

Terje Lømo

Terje Lømo
The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography

Larry R. Squire

Oxford University Press

Terje Lømo discovered long term potentiation (LTP) and with Tim Bliss did the first systematic study of LTP. Lømo discovered that evoked muscle impulse activity per se controlled the properties of muscle fibers outside the neuromuscular junction and provided evidence against the idea of such control by “trophic factors”. He described the normal firing patterns of motor neurons by 24h recordings of single motor unit activity from unrestrained rats and demonstrated the importance of such patterns in controlling the phenotype of muscle fibers with respect to both membrane and contractile properties. He introduced the concept of adaptive ranges, within which muscle fibers adjust their contractile properties to the impulse patterns and hence to the work imposed on them.

Keywords:   long term potentiation (LTP), muscle, neuromuscular junction, motor neurons, membrane

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