Roger D. Longley

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Serotonergic neurons and axons were mapped in the central ganglia of Aplysia californica using antiserotonin antibody on intact ganglia and on serial sections. Immunoreactive axons and processes were present in all ganglia and nerves, and distinct somata were detected in all ganglia except the buccal and pleural ganglia. The cells stained included known(More)
In many gastropods, a serotonin-like immunoreactive axon plexus lies over ciliary cells on the pedal sole. The origin and function of axons in this plexus is uncertain. By using serotonin antibodies in the direct-developing embryo of the pond snail, the axons that initially form this plexus were traced from seven large neurons in each pedal ganglion. Soon(More)
Serotonin-like immunoreactivity was mapped using an antiserotonin antibody in wholemounts of the ventral nerve cord from dragonfly nymphs (Epitheca sp. and Pachydiplax longipennis). In both species, an immunoreactive cell ventral to each connective tract and an immunoreactive median cell cluster on the ganglion ventral surface were found in the unfused(More)
The procerebrum, a specialized structure for olfaction in terrestrial pulmonate molluscs, contains 20,000 to 50,000 small, uniformly sized neurons that increase in number with age. Here I show the likely source of neurons added to the procerebrum of Helix aspersa and that the rate of neuron addition depends on snail weight. After hatching, during the(More)
5-HT (serotonin) is a ubiquitous neurotransmitter that produces ciliary beating in gastropods when applied topically, but ciliary beating caused by gastropod serotonergic neurons has been described in only three neuron pairs. We extend these results to the North American Lymnaea stagnalis appressa, which is a different species from the European Lymnaea(More)
A quantitative estimate of infolding and of its effect on electrical characteristics in axons of different sizes is given by expressions based on the allometric equation, y = ax^. These expressions can be used to describe the effect of stretching the axon and the size dependence of the axo-somatic conductance ratio. The parameters in the allometric equation(More)
A century ago histological techniques such as formic acid-gold chloride showed the nerve morphology of the pedal sole in Limax and Helix. There have been no similar descriptions since then of the central nervous system relevant to locomotory pedal waves in the foot of slugs and snails. Topical application of 5-HT affects locomotory waves, but the(More)
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