Shannon Meisner10
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10Shannon Meisner
7Izabela Panek
7Keram Pfeiffer
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Pseudorandom white-noise stimulation followed by direct spectral estimation was used to obtain linear frequency response and coherence functions from paired, but dynamically different, spider mechanosensory neurons. The dynamic properties of the two neuron types were similar with either mechanical or electrical stimulation, showing that action potential(More)
We measured frequency response functions between concentrations of fruit odorants and individual action potentials in large basiconic sensilla of the Drosophila melanogaster antenna. A new method of randomly varying odorant concentration was combined with rapid, continuous measurement of concentration at the antenna by a miniature photoionization detector.(More)
Most sensory systems encode external signals into action potentials for transmission to the central nervous system, but little is known about the cost or efficiency of this encoding. We measured the information capacity at three stages of encoding in the neurons of a spider slit-sense mechanoreceptor organ. For the receptor current under voltage clamp, the(More)
Dynamic properties of pheromone plumes are behaviorally important in some moths for inducing upwind flight, but little is known about the time-dependent properties of odor transduction or the mechanisms that limit receptor dynamic sensitivity. We stimulated male antennae of two moth species, Cadra cautella and Spodoptera exigua, with pheromone plumes in a(More)
We describe the contribution of rapidly inactivating Shaker K+ channels to the dynamic membrane properties of Drosophila photoreceptors. Phototransduction was measured in wild-type and Shaker mutant (Sh14) Drosophila photoreceptors by stimulating with white noise-modulated light contrast and recording the resulting intracellular membrane potential(More)
Voltage-gated K(+) channels are important in neuronal signaling, but little is known of their interactions with receptor currents or their behavior during natural stimulation. We used nonparametric and parametric nonlinear modeling of experimental responses, combined with Hodgkin-Huxley style simulation, to examine the roles of K(+) channels in forming the(More)
The spider VS-3 slit-sense organ contains two types of primary mechanoreceptor neurons that are morphologically similar but have different electrical behavior. Type A neurons fire only one or two action potentials in response to a mechanical or electrical step of any amplitude above the threshold, whereas type B neurons fire prolonged bursts of action(More)
The power law of sensory adaptation was introduced more than 50 years ago. It is characterized by action potential adaptation that follows fractional powers of time or frequency, rather than exponential decays and corresponding frequency responses. Power law adaptation describes the responses of a range of vertebrate and invertebrate sensory receptors to(More)
Time-dependent properties of chemical signals are probably crucially important to many animals, but little is known about the dynamics of chemoreceptors. Behavioral evidence of dynamic sensitivity includes the control of moth flight by pheromone plume structure, and the ability of some blood-sucking insects to detect varying concentrations of carbon(More)
Opponent signaling refers to processes in which antagonistic signals are produced by different, but closely related, stimuli. It allows enhanced discrimination and more accurate behavioral responses. We explored opponent signaling in the Drosophila melanogaster olfactory system by measuring frequency response functions between odorant concentrations and(More)