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This paper describes the ultrastructural organization of the honeybee antennal lobe, including the distribution of synapses within the antennal lobe neuropile and the distribution of the afferent fibres in the antennal nerve and its afferent tracts. We show that: 1) The antennal nerve and tracts T3-T6 are composed of a heterogeneous population of fibres,(More)
The role of antennal sensory projections on the ontogeny of the bee antennal lobe was analyzed using both light and transmission electron microscopy. Normal and deafferented developing antennal lobes were examined. The results obtained show that (1) initiation of synaptogenesis in the antennal lobe is independent of the arrival of sensory inputs; (2)(More)
Four distinct hexamerin subunits (referred to as "hexamerins" in the following text) have been identified in the developing honeybee, Apis mellifera, by N-terminal protein sequencing. Hexamerins are abundant in the hemolymph of late larval and early pupal stages, and gradually decline during metamorphosis and adult development. Three hexamerins in the 70(More)
Whole-cell recording techniques were used to characterize ionic membrane currents and odourant responses in honeybee olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) in primary cell culture. ORNs of workerbee (female) and drone (male) were isolated at an early stage of development before sensory axons connect to their target in the antennal lobe. The results collectively(More)
We present a model of the specialist olfactory system of selected moth species and the cockroach. The model is built in a semi-random fashion, constrained by biological (physiological and anatomical) data. We propose a classification of the response patterns of individual neurons, based on the temporal aspects of the observed responses. Among the(More)
The processing of odorant signals is performed, in the olfactory bulb of vertebrates or in the antennal lobe of insects, by different types of neurons which display specific morphological and functional features. The present work characterizes the morphogenesis of the main neuronal types which participate in olfactory discrimination in the adult honeybee(More)
Both intrinsic (programmed) and extrinsic (non-programmed) factors are thought to play a role in the morphogenesis of neurones in the honeybee antennal lobe (the first relay station in the olfactory pathway) during development. We present here a morphometric and statistical analysis of a large population of pupal honeybee antennal lobe neurones grown in(More)
Michel Kerszberg Institut Pasteur CNRS (URA 1284) Neurobiologie Moleculaire 25, Rue du Dr. Roux 75015 Paris, France Based on precise anatomical data of the bee's olfactory system, we propose an investigation of the possible mechanisms of modulation and control between the two levels of olfactory information processing: the antennallobe glomeruli and the(More)