Bede M. Broome

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Auditory information is critical for vocal imitation and other elements of social life in song birds. In zebra finches, neural centers that are necessary for the acquisition and production of learned vocalizations are known, and they all respond to acoustic stimulation. However, the circuits by which conspecific auditory signals are perceived, processed,(More)
Odors evoke complex responses in locust antennal lobe projection neurons (PNs)-the mitral cell analogs. These patterns evolve over hundreds of milliseconds and contain information about odor identity and concentration. In nature, animals often encounter many odorants in short temporal succession. We explored the effects of such conditions by presenting two(More)
Olfactory processing in the insect antennal lobe is a highly dynamic process, yet it has been studied primarily with static step stimuli. To approximate the rapid odor fluctuations encountered in nature, we presented flickering "white-noise" odor stimuli to the antenna of the locust and recorded spike trains from antennal lobe projection neurons (PNs). The(More)
Recent experiments with combinatorial libraries of de novo proteins have demonstrated that sequences designed to contain polar and non-polar amino acid residues arranged in an alternating pattern form fibrillar structures resembling beta-amyloid. This finding prompted us to probe the distribution of alternating patterns in the sequences of natural proteins.(More)
The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, which is up-regulated in response to sensitizing treatments with serotonin (5-HT), plays a critical role in inducing long-term facilitation (LTF) of sensory-to-motor synapses in Aplysia. We characterized the structure of the polyubiquitin gene of Aplysia and studied its expression. At least six ubiquitin coding units exist(More)
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