Gal Haspel

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Rapid escape swims in fish are initiated by the Mauthner cells, giant reticulospinal neurons with unique specializations for swift responses. The Mauthner cells directly activate motoneurons and facilitate predator detection by integrating acoustic, mechanosensory, and visual stimuli. In addition, larval fish show well-coordinated escape responses when(More)
Nerve cord motoneurons Neuromuscular junction Major connectivity among motoneurons Major input from interneurons AS Cholinergic to dorsal muscles Synapse to VD that inhibits opposing muscles on ventral side (strongest connection). A gap junction with VA, which excites ventral muscle two muscle lengths posterior. A gap junction with DA. Synaptic input from(More)
24 Rapid escape swims in fish are initiated by the Mauthner cells, giant reticulospinal 25 neurons with unique specializations for swift responses. The Mauthner cells directly 26 activate motoneurons and facilitate predator detection by integrating acoustic, 27 mechanosensory and visual stimuli. In addition, larval fish show well-coordinated escape 28(More)
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