An augmented computer model of motor unit reorganization in neurogenic diseases of skeletal muscle

James M. Lester, Norman W. Soule, Walter G. Bradley, John F. Brenner

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A computer model of denervation and complete reinnervation in skeletal muscle was originally developed for the purpose of furthering an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of motor unit reorganization in neurogenic diseases. We now describe its successor, a computer model for investigating different rates of denervation and reinnervation, as well as incomplete reinnervation. The new model introduces the concept of permanent denervation and features enhanced interactive control over the distribution of motor unit centers and additional measures of dispersion and codispersion of muscle fibers. The use of this model for investigating pathophysiologically significant issues in denervating diseases is illustrated with five different sets of parameters. These simulate some of the processes that may be operational in chronic spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and progressive postpolio muscular dystrophy. The enhanced model will allow in-depth analysis of the influence of hypothesized pathophysiological processes on clinical, electrophysiological and pathological outcomes in human disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-56
Number of pages14
JournalMuscle & Nerve
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993


  • computer model
  • denervation
  • motor unit
  • muscle, reinnervation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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