Origins of Common Neural Inputs to Different Compartments of the Extensor Digitorum Communis Muscle

Chenyun Dai, Henry Shin, Bradley Davis, Xiaogang Hu

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The extensor digitorum communis (EDC) is a multi-compartment muscle that allows dexterous extension of the four digits. However, the level of common input shared across different compartments of this muscle is not well understood. We seek to systematically characterize the common and independent neural input, originated from different levels of the central nervous system, to the different compartments. A motor unit (MU) coherence analysis was used to capture the different sources of common and independent input, by quantifying the coherence of MU discharge between different compartments. The MU activities were obtained from decomposition of surface electromyogram recordings. Our results showed that the MU coherence across different muscle compartments accounted for only a small proportion (<20%) of the total input in the alpha (5-12 Hz) and beta (15-30 Hz) bands, but was a major driver (>60%) in the delta (1-4 Hz) band. Additionally, cross-compartment coherence between the middle and ring-little fingers tended to be higher as compared with other finger combinations. Overall, the common input shared across different fingers are found to be at low to moderate levels, in comparison with the total input, which allows dexterous control of individual digits with some degree of coordinated control of multiple digits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13960
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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