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صدق الله العظيم الاسراء اية 58. By Dr. Abdel Aziz M. Hussein Lecturer of Physiology Member of American Society of Physiology Stretch Reflex.

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1 صدق الله العظيم الاسراء اية 58

2 By Dr. Abdel Aziz M. Hussein Lecturer of Physiology Member of American Society of Physiology Stretch Reflex


4 Alpha motor neuron Gamma motor neuron

5 Site: γ-MNs are small motors neurons represent 30% of AHCs. The axons (about 4 u) supply the peripheral parts of intrafusal ms fibers.Types: There are 2 types of γ-MNs 1.Dynamic or d- γ-MNs→ supply nuclear bag ms fibers. 2.Static or s- γ-MNs→ supply nuclear chain ms fibers.


7 They adjust ms spindle sensitivity ↑ γ-MNs cause contraction of the peripheral parts of intrafusal fibers→ stretch of central parts of ms spindle → ↑es the sensitivity of the ms spindle to stretch i.e. the ms spindle needs a small amount of passive stretch to be stimulated Vice versa.



10 This is important in A) Stabilization of body position and equilibrium (standing)A) Stabilization of body position and equilibrium (standing) ; In upright posture the MNs discharge to antigravity ms is increased →↑ magnitude of stretch reflex and ms tone in these ms Also deviation of the upright attitude toward any direction → will cause additional stretching of the postural ms →↑ ms tone of these ms → restores equilibrium before it is disturbed.


12 Left Internal Capsule Midbrain Pons Medulla Spinal Cord L A Facilitatory Pontine RF Gamma MN Alpha MN

13 B) Load reflex (coactivation of alpha and gamma MNs)

14 It is a reflex relaxation (or lengthening) of a ms in response to excessive stretch or contraction of that ms. Neural pathway: Stimulus:Stimulus: ↑ed ms tension by overstretch or severe contraction Receptors:Receptors: Golgi tendon organs

15 Site: in the tendons of skeletal ms.Structure: Are encapsulated sensory receptor 6-20 elastic fibersInnervations: type Ib or A alpha afferent fibres Mechanism of stimulation: stimulated by ↑ed ms tension caused by passive overstretch or active contraction of the ms.

16 Neural pathway: Afferents: A alpha or I b Center : a)inhibitory interneurons→ inhibit the α-MNs supplying the same ms b)excitatory interneurons→ excite the α-MNs supplying the antagonistic ms Response: Relaxation of the same ms Contraction of antagonistic group of ms.

17 Significance GTR: a)Physiological significance: It is a protective reaction which prevent tearing of the ms or avulsion of its tendon from its bony attachment when the ms is overstretched. b)Clinical significance: (clasp knife effect) It is demonstrated clinically by passive flexion of a spastic limb (e.g. in upper motor neuron lesions) at its main joint. As the limb is flexed, an initial resistance occurs due to contraction of this ms a result of the stretch reflex. With persistent flexion, at a certain point, GTR is excited→ sudden disappearance of the initial resistance → the limb flexes easily, as occurs due closing-of a pocket knife→ clasp knife effect.


19 1) Has a short latent period: has a very short time between start of stretch and start of contraction. It is due to ; a)It is monosynaptic. b)Its afferent and efferents are rapidly conducting nerve fibers. 2)High localization: It is highly localized i.e. contraction occurs only in the stretched ms. No divergence due to absence of interneurons

20 3) It has no recruitment nor after discharge: It is due to lack of interneurons 4)Graded response: The strength of ms contraction is directly proportional to the extent of stretch. 5) Reciprocal innervation: In which stretch of a ms results in reflex contraction of the stretched ms and relaxation of the antagonistic ms.


22 6)Resist fatigue: 6)Resist fatigue: It can be sustained for a prolonged period without fatigue (e.g. in antigravity ms): The delayed fatigue is due to; a)Alternation between motors units during stretch reflex i.e. not all units contracting at the same time. b)Antigravity ms are tonic (slow) ms which resist fatigue because; 1.Rich in blood supply 2.Rich in mitochondria 3.Its contraction is slow.

23 7) It is controlled by many supraspinal centers:

24 Area 4 Area 6 and 4s Corticospinal T. Basal ganglia Paleocerebllum Lateral Reticulospinal T. Medullary R.F. Pontine R.F. Neocerebellum Vestibular N. Medial Reticulospinal T.

25 Supraspinal Control of Stretch Reflex At the cortical level, At the cortical level, the net effect of area 4 & area 6 & area 4s on the stretch reflex & muscle tone is inhibitory, so a lesion causing damage of area 4, 4s & 6 (UMNL) leads to increase in muscle tone removal of the net inhibitory effect of the cerebral cortical areasIn animals the separation between the cerebral cortex & brain stem leads to marked increase in muscle tone due to the removal of the net inhibitory effect of the cerebral cortical areas & leaving the facilitatory centers in the brain stem to produce their excitatory effect. The increased muscle tone leads to a state known as (Decerebrate Rigidity).

26 Area 4 Area 6 and 4s Corticospinal T. Basal ganglia Paleocerebllum Lateral Reticulospinal T. Medullary R.F. Pontine R.F. Neocerebellum Vestibular N. Medial Reticulospinal T.



29 To brain Primary afferent neuron stimulates alpha motor neuron to extensor muscle Primary afferent neuron excited Muscle spindle stimulated Extensor muscle stretched Flexor muscle (antagonist) relaxes Alpha motor neuron stimulates extensor muscle to contract Interneuron inhibits alpha motor neuron to flexor muscle Primary afferent neuron stimulates inhibitory interneuron

30 Tendon Jerks ●Def., It is a brief contraction of a skeletal ms to sudden stretch produced by tapping its tendon sharply & strongly (using a reflex hammer). ●Mechanism: It is a dynamic type of the stretch reflex

31 Examples of Tendon Jerks JerkCenterLimb positionTendonResponse Biceps jerk C5,6The elbow is 120° Tapping on biceps tendon Flexion of the forearm Triceps jerk C6,7The elbow is 90° Tapping on triceps tendon directly Extension of the forearm Knee jerk L2, 3 & 4knee is semi flexed by seating with the leg to be tested crossing over other Tapping on patellar tendon Extension of the knee Ankle jerk S1,2feet slightly dorsiflexed Tapping on tendoachilles Plantar flexion. Jaw jerk Trigeminal nerve Mouth slightly opened Tapping on chinClosure of mouth

32 Tendon Jerks Reinforcement of the tendon jerks The response of the tendon jerks can be reinforced by facilitating the spinal centers. This can be done by either; a) Jendrassik's maneuver → ask the patient to hook his fingers or to clench his teeth→ send signals from the contracted ms which stimulating γ-MNs. b) Distracting patient’s attention→ prevents any voluntary inhibition of the reflex.

33 Clinical Significance of TJ 1. Localization of spinal cord lesions; Loss of TJ means the lesion in its center e.g. ankle jerk is lost in sacral region lesion. 2. Assessment of the ms tone : In hyperreflexia (exaggerated tendon jerks) → hypertonia (↑ms tone). In hyporeflexia (↓ed tendon jerks) → hypotonia (↓ms tone). In areflexia (lost tendon jerks) → atonia (lost ms tone).

34 Clinical Significance of TJ 3. Assessment of the integrity of pathway of stretch reflex: so areflexia or absent tendon jerk may be due to; 4. Assessment of the state of Supraspinal centers: Site of lesionCondition Afferent lesionTabes dorsalis Center (AHC) lesionPoliomyelitis Efferent lesionTrauma or neuritis Hyperactive(exaggerated) TJ Hypoactive (decreased) TJ Physiological causes Anxiety and nervousnessSleep and anaesthesia Pathological causes -UMNL -Lesion in area 6 -tetany and hyperthyroidism -lesion of paleocerebellum -LMNL -Lesion in area 4 -hypothyroidism -neocerebellar syndrome

35 Pendular Knee Jerk It occurs in the neocerebellar syndrome and chorea. It is characterized by hyporeflexia & hypotonia Knee jerk is weak than normal and during relaxation of the quadriceps ms, the leg falls like a dead weight(due to hypotonia) & swings for sometime like a pendulum be resting.

36 Clonus ●Def., This is alternating regular rhythmic contractions with incomplete relaxations of a ms (its MNs is in a state of facilitation) in response to sudden maintained stretch.●Cause: UMNL

37 Clonus Types 1- Ankle Clonus: -Produced by sudden maintained dorsiflexion of the foot  leads to regular rhythmic planter flexions due to rhythmic contractions of soleus and gastrocnemius muscles. 2- Knee Clonus: -Produced by the sudden downward displacement of the patella  rhythmic oscillations of the patella.

38 Clonus ●Mechanism of clonus: Clonus is the result of a stretch reflex inverse stretch reflex sequence, which occurs as follows : Sudden stretch of the ms results in its contraction through the stretch reflex. This is followed by relaxation due to; a) stoppage of impulse discharge from the ms spindles. b) initiation of an inverse stretch reflex due to stimulation of the GTOs. As stretch is maintained, a new stretch reflex occurs (helped by the state of excessive spinal facilitation), and the cycle is repeated.

39 Test yourself The shortest reflex time is recorded with :- a- a flexor withdrawal reflex b-an inverse stretch reflex c- a stretch reflex d- a scratch reflex A tendon jerk :- a- is a dynamic stretch reflex b- is a static stretch reflex c- is evoked by gradually stretching the muscle d- is evoked by stimulation of tendon receptors

40 A reflex arc includes :- a- at least two sets of sequential neurons b- at least two sequential sets of central synapses c- at least two types of sensory receptors d- at least two types of efferent neurons

41 Stretch reflex is characterized by the following except :- a- disynaptic reflex b- high localization c- shows reciprocal innervations. d- it is of graded response

42 The nuclear-chain fibers of spindles are innervated by :- a- Aα and Aδ nerve fibers b- Aδ and C nerve fibers c- Ia and II nerve fibers d- only type II nerve fibers

43 Inverse stretch reflex :- a- increases the possibility of avulsion of the excessively stretched muscle from its bony attachments b- has no reciprocal innervation circuits c- is clinically manifested by lengthening reaction d- is clinically tested by examining the tendon jerks

44 Q1: IPSPs and EPSPs EPSPs State Neurotrans mitters Duration Amplitude Mechanism

45 Q2: Cation and Anion ion channels CationAnion Neurotrans mitters Inner lining e.g. PSPs

46 Q3: Compare Muscle Spindle and Golgi Tendon organs Ms Spindle receptors Golgi tendon receptors Site Innervation Stimulus Functions

47 Q4: stretch reflex and inverse stretch reflex Stretch reflex Inverse stretch reflex Stimulus Receptors Afferents Significance

48 List or enumerate; 1.Functions of Stretch reflex 2.Functions of Inverse stretch reflex 3.Properties of stretch reflex 4.Supraspinal centers regulating stretch reflex 5.Functions of muscle tone 6.Properties of polysynaptic reflexes 7.Properties of synaptic transmission 8.Properties of EPSPs or IPSPs

49 Effect of (explain the mechanism) ; 1.Tapping of tendon of muscle by a medical hammer 2.Excessive stretch of a muscle 3.Sudden maintained stretch of muscle in UMNL 4.Binding of neurotransmitter to postsynaptic G- protein coupled receptors 5.Application of painful stimulus to one limb during standing


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