Natasha I. Bravarenko

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A cluster of 40 serotonergic cells in the rostral part of pedal ganglia of the terrestrial snail Helix lucorum was shown previously to participate in the modulation of withdrawal behavior and to be necessary during the acquisition of aversive withdrawal conditioning in intact snails. Local extracellular stimulation of the serotonergic cells paired with a(More)
The hypothesis that a long-term increase of behavioural responses in snails (over a period of days) might be due to environmental conditioning was examined. Training consisted of delivering electric shocks non-contingently with test stimuli twice per day for 5 days to freely moving snails on a ball floating in water. After training, a significant difference(More)
A cluster of 40 serotonergic cells in the rostral part of pedal ganglia of the terrestrial snail Helix lucorum was shown previously to participate in the modulation of withdrawal behavior and to be necessary during the acquisition of aversive withdrawal conditioning in intact snails. Local extracellular stimulation of the serotonergic cells paired with a(More)
In the terrestrial snail a direct monosynaptic glutamatergic connection between the primary sensory neuron and a premotor interneuron involved in withdrawal behaviour can be functionally identified using electrophysiological techniques. We investigated the involvement of cannabinoids in regulation of this synaptic contact. The results demonstrate that the(More)
Identified cells of Helix lucorum L. received 20 min exposures to 23, 120, or 200 mT stationary magnetic field (MFs). Resting potentials and input resistances were measured. Controls were instituted for temperature changes and for mechanical and other sources of artifact. Resting potentials did not change with MF exposure. Input resistances decreased(More)
The properties of the monosynaptic input from mechanosensory neurons to withdrawal interneurons were examined in Helix lucorum. The instantaneous I-V relation of the excitatory postsynaptic current in withdrawal interneurons was nonlinear, having a plateau region between -40 and -60 mV. On application of the blocker of vertebrate N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)(More)
We show that activation of a single serotonergic cell is sufficient to trigger long-term associative enhancement of synaptic input to the withdrawal interneuron in a simple network consisting of three interconnected identified cells in the nervous system of terrestrial snail Helix. 1,2-bis (2-aminophenoxy) Ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (BAPTA) injection(More)
The problem of stability of long-lasting synaptic facilitation postsynaptically induced by intracellular current pulses without concomitant presynaptic activation was addressed. A short (15-20 min) phase of synaptic facilitation induced by intracellular tetanization in identified snail neurones was stable and present in all experiments, while a long-term(More)
Long-term facilitation in molluscs is believed to be induced due to purely presynaptic activations. We recorded excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) simultaneously from two identified neurones of snail parietal ganglia. We report a non-decrementing facilitation induced by intracellular tetanization with concomitant presynaptic activation. The mean(More)
Influence of neurotoxic fragment of beta-amyloid peptide (25-35) on Helix lucorum behavioral plasticity (sensitization and food-aversion learning) was investigated. After beta-amyloid peptide (25-35) injection a significant reduction of behavioral long-term sensitization was observed. It was found, that beta-amyloid peptide (25-35) may interfere with(More)