A unifying framework underlying mechanotransduction in the somatosensory system.

@article{Lottem2011AUF,
  title={A unifying framework underlying mechanotransduction in the somatosensory system.},
  author={Eran Lottem and Rony Azouz},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2011},
  volume={31 23},
  pages={
          8520-32
        }
}
Rodents use their whiskers to sense their surroundings. As most of the information available to the somatosensory system originates in whiskers' primary afferents, it is essential to understand the transformation of whisker motion into neuronal activity. Here, we combined in vivo recordings in anesthetized rats with mathematical modeling to ascertain the mechanical and electrical characteristics of mechanotransduction. We found that only two synergistic processes, which reflect the dynamic… CONTINUE READING

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