|Title||Constancy of motor axon conduction time during growth in rats.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Authors||Chen, XY, Carp, JS, Wolpaw, J|
|Journal||Experimental brain research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation cérébrale|
|Keywords||development, motoneuron, motor axon, nerve conduction, rat|
Axon conduction distance, conduction velocity, and conduction time were measured for individual triceps surae motoneurons in Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 230-630 g (i.e., age range 6-16 weeks). Both conduction distance (nerve length) and velocity were closely correlated with weight (r = 0.95 and r = 0.82, respectively). In contrast, conduction time did not change as weight increased nearly threefold. This striking constancy is probably due to a corresponding increase in axon diameter. It could contribute to maintenance of stable motor performance during rapid growth.