Leonel Gómez

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This paper is concerned with the electrosensory lobe (ELL) of mormyrid electric fish as examined in in vitro slices. Intracellular recordings from morphologically identified cells and field potential recordings were used to characterize the physiology and pharmacology of ELL cells. Most intracellular recordings were from the Purkinje-like interneurons that(More)
Primary auditory afferents are generally perceived as passive, timing-preserving lines of communication. Contrasting this view, identifiable auditory afferents to the goldfish Mauthner cell undergo potentiation of their mixed--electrical and chemical--synapses in response to high-frequency bursts of activity. This property likely represents a mechanism of(More)
Afferent responses to the fish's own electric organ discharge were explored in the electrosensory lobe of the mormyrid fish Gnathonemus petersii. In order to understand the neural encoding of natural sensory images, responses were examined while objects of different conductivities were placed at different positions along the skin of the fish, i.e. at(More)
Electroreceptive fish detect nearby objects by processing the information contained in the pattern of electric currents through their skin. In weakly electric fish, these currents arise from a self-generated field (the electric organ discharge), depending on the electrical properties of the surrounding medium. The electric image can be defined as the(More)
The pooled spike trains of correlated presynaptic terminals acting synchronously upon a single neuron are realizations of cluster point processes: the notions of spikes synchronizing in bursts and of points bunching in clusters are conceptually identical. The primary processes constituent specifies the timing of the cluster series; subsidiary processes and(More)
Spike timing-dependent plasticity that follows anti-Hebbian rules has been demonstrated at synapses between parallel fibers and inhibitory interneurons known as medium ganglionic layer (MG) neurons in the cerebellum-like electrosensory lobe of mormyrid fish. This plasticity is expressed when presynaptic activation is associated with a characteristically(More)
Anesthetics may induce specific changes that alter the balance of activity within neural networks. Here we describe the effects of the GABA(A) receptor potentiating anesthetic etomidate on sensory processing, studied in a cerebellum-like structure, the electrosensory lateral line lobe (ELL) of mormyrid fish, in vitro. Previous studies have shown that the(More)
In physiological and pathological conditions, many biological oscillators, such as pacemaker cells, operate under the influence of feedbacks. Fixed delay stimulation is a standard preparation to evaluate the effects of such influences. Through the study of the Hodgkin-Huxley model, we show that such recurrent excitation can lead to regular and irregular(More)
The behavior of two pacemaker neurons simulated by leaky integrators and connected reciprocally by synapses was studied. In every case the firing of both neurons phase-locks. The resulting limit cycle may or may not show simultaneous firing of both neurons. When both synapses are excitatory, phase-locking with simultaneous neuronal firing is always present.(More)