Muscle Sympathetic Single-unit Response Patterns during Progressive Muscle Metaboreflex Activation in Young Healthy Adults


Muscle sympathetic single units respond differentially to sympathoexcitatory stress such that single units can increase firing to contribute to the sympathoexcitatory response or can be nonresponsive or even inhibited. We observed a subgroup of single units that can respond bidirectionally, being first inhibited before activated by progressive increases in forearm muscle metaboreflex activation. These results suggest convergent neural inputs (i.e., inhibitory and excitatory), which yield heterogenous muscle sympathetic single-unit activation thresholds.

Journal of Neurophysiology