A strand receptor with a central cell body synapses upon spiking local interneurones in the locust

Abstract

Movements of the femoro-tibial joint of a locust hind leg are monitored by three classes of proprioceptors; a chordotonal organ (Usherwood et al. 1968), multipolar joint receptors (Coillot and Boistel 1968) and a strand receptor innervated by a single afferent with a central cell body (Bräunig 1985). All three classes are excited by imposed or voluntary extension of the tibia. The strand receptor (fe-tiSR) spikes tonically and at a frequency dependent upon the position of the joint whilst the multipolar joint receptors give overlapping information but for a more restricted range. The afferent from the strand receptor makes an excitatory connection with a spiking local interneurone in the midline group of the metathoracic ganglion. The central latency and consistency with which the EPSP follows each sensory spike suggests that the connection is direct. This interneurone also receives convergent inputs from neurones in the chordotonal organ, but not from multipolar joint receptors. Neither the strand receptor nor the multipolar joint receptors apparently synapse upon leg motor neurones that we have tested, in contrast to receptors in the chordotonal organ.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00613019

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@article{Pflger1987ASR, title={A strand receptor with a central cell body synapses upon spiking local interneurones in the locust}, author={H. -J. Pfl{\"{u}ger and Malcolm Burrows}, journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A}, year={1987}, volume={160}, pages={295-304} }