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The Motoneurone and its Muscle Fibres

Daniel Kernell


This book presents a summary of knowledge concerning somatic motoneurones, the cells which link the central nervous system to the skeletal muscles. There are two functional kinds of such motoneurones: the alpha motoneurones innervating skeletal muscle fibres and the smaller gamma motoneurones which exclusively innervate muscle fibres of complex intramuscular sense organs, the muscle spindles. This book deals primarily with the alpha motoneurones, which together constitute the main output interface of the central nervous system and without which no muscle action is possible. The study of motone ... More

Keywords: alpha motoneurone, gamma motoneurone, nerve cell, synapse, skeletal muscle, muscle fibre, motor unit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198526551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Kernell, author
University of Groningen, The Netherlands