Nauchnye Doki Vyss Shkoly Biol Nauki. 1987 ; (6): 55-9.
[Coupled neuronal reactions of the specific and nonspecific thalamic nuclei to painful and electroacupuncture stimuli]
Electric reactions of neurons of the specific (VPM) and nonspecific (CM PF) thalamic nuclei caused by noxious and electroacupuncture stimulation were studied in acute experiments on cats. About 18% of the investigated neurons demonstrated coupled reactions to afferent stimulation. The coupled reaction to either noxious or electroacupuncture stimulation had inhibitory or activating character. A hypothesis on the existence of functional units responsible for the effects of electroacupuncture analgesia with participation of inhibitory, relay neurons and interneurons is made.