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Dynamic Spinal Reflex Adaptation During Locomotor Adaptation

J Neurophysiol. 2023 Sep 13. doi: 10.1152/jn.00248.2023. Online ahead of print.


The dynamics and interaction of spinal and suparspinal centers during locomotor adaptation remain vaguely understood. In this work, we use Hoffmann reflex measurements to investigate changes of spinal reflex gains during split-belt locomotor adaptation. We show that spinal reflex gains are dynamically modulated during split-belt locomotor adaptation. During first exposure to split-belt transitions, modulation occurs mostly on the leg ipsilateral to the speed change, and constitutes rapid suppression or facilitation of the reflex gains, followed by slow recovery to baseline. Over repeated exposure, the modulation pattern washes out. We further show that reflex gain modulation strongly correlates with correction of leg asymmetry, and cannot be explained by speed modulation solely. We argue that reflex modulation is likely of supraspinal origins, and constitutes an integral part of the neural substrate underlying split-belt locomotor adaptation.

PMID:37701940 | DOI:10.1152/jn.00248.2023

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