Understanding Stretch Sensitivity in the Muscle Spindle
The muscle spindle is a complex sensory organ composed of specialized intrafusal muscle fibers controlled by gamma motor neurons and innervated by the Group Ia and II muscle spindle afferents which constantly report muscle length and movement. This sensory information provides the primary input for the sense of body and limb position in space, or proprioception, and is critical for error correction in ongoing movement. Wilkinson`s lab uses the genetic tools available in mice to study the functioning of the muscle spindle in health and disease.
Katherine Wilkinson ist Professorin für Neurophysiologie an der San José State University und derzeit Visiting Fellow am CAS.
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