Central localisation of plasticity involved in appetitive conditioning in Lymnaea

Straub, Volko A, Styles, Benjamin J, Ireland, Julie S, O'Shea, Michael and Benjamin, Paul R (2004) Central localisation of plasticity involved in appetitive conditioning in Lymnaea. Learning and Memory, 11. pp. 787-793. ISSN 1074-7427

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Learning to associate a conditioned (CS) and unconditioned stimulus (US) results in changes in the processing of CS information. Here, we address directly the question whether chemical appetitive conditioning of "Lymnaea" feeding behavior involves changes in the peripheral and/or central processing of the CS by using extracellular recording techniques to monitor neuronal activity at two stages of the sensory processing pathway. Our data show that appetitive conditioning does not affect significantly the overall CS response of afferent nerves connecting chemosensory structures in the lips and tentacles to the central nervous system (CNS). In contrast, neuronal output from the cerebral ganglia, which represent the first central processing stage for chemosensory information, is enhanced significantly in response to the CS after appetitive conditioning. This demonstrates that chemical appetitive conditioning in "Lymnaea" affects the central, but not the peripheral processing of chemosensory information. It also identifies the cerebral ganglia of "Lymnaea" as an important site for neuronal plasticity and forms the basis for detailed cellular studies of neuronal plasticity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Julie Ireland
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:29
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 09:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31464
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