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Centrifugal serotonergic fibers innervating sensory brain areas are seen ubiquitously across systems and species but their function remains unclear. Here we examined the functional role of serotonergic innervation onto electrosensory neurons in weakly electric fish by eliciting endogenous release through electrical stimulation as well as exogenous focal(More)
We recently described a new form of neural integration and firing in a subset of interneurons, in which evoking hundreds of action potentials over tens of seconds to minutes produces a sudden barrage of action potentials lasting about a minute beyond the inciting stimulation. During this persistent firing, action potentials are generated in the distal axon(More)
Although serotonergic innervation of sensory brain areas is ubiquitous, its effects on sensory information processing remain poorly understood. We investigated these effects in pyramidal neurons within the electrosensory lateral line lobe (ELL) of weakly electric fish. Surprisingly, we found that 5-HT is present at different levels across the different ELL(More)
Natural stimuli are often characterized by statistics that can vary over orders of magnitude. Experiments have shown that sensory neurons continuously adapt their responses to changes in these statistics, thereby optimizing information transmission. However, such adaptation can also alter the neuronal transfer function by attenuating if not eliminating(More)
Fluvoxamine (FLV), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, caused a dose-dependent decrease in rate and contractile force of the isolated guinea-pig atria. These effects significantly blocked by DPCPX, a specific A(1) receptor antagonist. Theophylline, an A(1)/A(2A) receptor antagonist, also prevented the inotropic and chronotropic(More)
The effect of citalopram (CTP), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant was studied on the rate and force of contractions of isolated guinea-pig atria. CTP (2-32 microg/ml) caused a dose-dependent decrease in the contractile force (7%-62%) and in the rate of contractions (11%-72%). These negative inotropic and chronotropic effects of CTP (8(More)
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