Dopamine Mediates Context-Dependent Modulation of Sensory Plasticity in C. elegans

  title={Dopamine Mediates Context-Dependent Modulation of Sensory Plasticity in C. elegans},
  author={Katie S Kindt and Kathleen B. Quast and Andrew C. Giles and Subhajyoti De and Dan Hendrey and Ian Nicastro and Catharine H. Rankin and William R. Schafer},
Dopamine has been implicated in the modulation of diverse forms of behavioral plasticity, including appetitive learning and addiction. An important challenge is to understand how dopamine's effects at the cellular level alter the properties of neural circuits to modify behavior. In the nematode C. elegans, dopamine modulates habituation of an escape reflex triggered by body touch. In the absence of food, animals habituate more rapidly than in the presence of food; this contextual information… CONTINUE READING
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