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Anatomy and physiology of identified wind-sensitive local interneurons in the cricket cercal sensory system

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    A group of wind sensitive local interneurons (9DL Interneurons) in the terminal abdominal ganglion of the cricket Acheta domesticus were identified and studied using intracellular staining and recording techniques.

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    The 9DL interneurons had apparent resting potentials ranging from -38 mV to -45 mV. At this membrane potential, these cells produced graded responses to wind stimuli; action potentials were never observed at these resting potentials. However, when the 9DL interneurons were hyperpolarized to a membrane potential of approximately -60 mV, a single action potential at the leading edge of the wind stimulus response was sometimes observed.

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    The wind stimulus threshold of the 9DL interneurons to the types of stimuli used in these studies was approximately 0.01 cm/s. Above this threshold, the excitatory responses increased logarithmically with increasing peak wind velocity up to approximately 0.5 cm/s.

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    The 9DL interneurons were directionally sensitive; their response amplitudes varied with wind stimulus orientation. 9DL1 cells responded maximally when stimulated with wind directed at the front of the animal. The apparent peak in directional sensitivity of the 9DL2 interneurons varied between the side and the rear of the animal, depending upon the site of electrode penetration within the cell's dendritic arbor.

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    The locations of dendritic branches of the 9DL interneurons within the afferent map of wind direction were used to predict the excitatory receptive field of these interneurons.

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Bodnar, D.A., Miller, J.P. & Jacobs, G.A. Anatomy and physiology of identified wind-sensitive local interneurons in the cricket cercal sensory system. J Comp Physiol A 168, 553–564 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00215077

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Key words

  • Local interneuron
  • Non-spiking interneuron
  • Cricket
  • Cercal system