Worm Breeder's Gazette 2(2): 31
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The function of the seven commissural motorneurons in the second and third segments of Ascaris des has been determined physiologically by stimulating isolated commissural fibers and recording the evoked responses in the musculature. Of the seven neurons, three are inhibitory and four are excitatory. Dorsal activation of the two type B neurons in.each segment evoke hyperpolarizing responses in the ventral muscles while ventral activation of the type A neuron evokes hyperpolarizing responses in the dorsal muscles. When stimulated ventrally, both type C neurons in each segment produce depolarizing responses in the dorsal muscles. Both type D and E neurons also depolarize the dorsal musculature. The depolarizing responses are frequently slow potentials with superimposed spikes.