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Some functional properties of central neurons connected with the lateral-line organs of the catfish (Ictalurus nebulosus)

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    In the curarized catfishIctalurus nebulosus neuronal responses in the area acustico-lateralis to electrical and mechanical stimulation of the lateral-line organs were studied.

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    About 70% of all studied neurons were spontaneously active (0.5–7 imp/s).

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    Three main patters of responses to an electrical stimulus were observed: tonic, phasic-tonic and burst-discharge (Fig. 1).

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    The relationship between the number of impulses and the log of stimulus duration was linear (Fig. 2, 3).

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    Two types of neuronal responses to stimuli of opposite polarities were shown (Fig. 1,4).

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    Thresholds for electrical stimulation were in the range of 2.5·10−9–5·10−12 A/mm2 (Fig. 5).

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    All neurons are able to measure the intensity of the stimulus of any polarity (Fig. 6).

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    The influence of intensity to the responses of the neurons in the medulla oblongata was analyzed (Fig. 2, 7).

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    The neurons of the area acustico-lateralis are adapted to the analysis of rather slow than fast changes of the electric field (Fig. 8, 9).

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    The neurons showed dual sensitivity to electrical and mechanical stimulation of the lateral-line organs (Fig. 10). It is assumed that such a phenomenon depends on the convergence of impulses from electro- and mechanoreceptors of the lateral-line.

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    The properties of the central and peripheral units of the lateral-line of the catfish were compared.

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Andrianov, G.N., Ilyinsky, O.B. Some functional properties of central neurons connected with the lateral-line organs of the catfish (Ictalurus nebulosus). J. Comp. Physiol. 86, 365–376 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00697921

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  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Functional Property
  • Opposite Polarity
  • Mechanical Stimulation
  • Stimulus Duration