Pflügers Archiv : European journal of physiology vol:421 issue:5 pages:492-6
The quantitative relation between slow-wave periods and spiking activity was evaluated in vivo in canine small intestine during the fasted state. Experiments were performed in three conscious dogs with three bipolar electrodes, implanted respectively 10, 25 and 40 cm beyond the ligament of Treitz. Digitized electrical recordings were automatically processed for the individual slow-wave periods and spike-burst intensities using a set of computer programs developed in our laboratory. A linear correlation existed between the degree of spiking activity and the average length of the preceding slow-wave period. The slopes of the regression lines were less steep for more distal electrodes. A second series of experiments showed that an increase in the slow-wave period precedes the onset of phase 3 of the migrating myoelectric complex and that a fall in slow-wave period precedes the end of phase 3. These data show that a low slow-wave frequency is accompanied by a facilitation of spiking activity, whereas shortening of the slow-wave period is accompanied by a decrease in spike burst intensity. This relation between slow-wave period and spiking activity shows an aboral trend that may be related to intrinsic slow-wave frequency.