Octopamine increases the excitability of neurons in the snail feeding system by modulation of inward sodium current but not outward potassium currents

@article{Vehovszky2005OctopamineIT,
  title={Octopamine increases the excitability of neurons in the snail feeding system by modulation of inward sodium current but not outward potassium currents},
  author={{\'A}gnes Vehovszky and Henriette Szab{\'o} and Christopher J. H. Elliott},
  journal={BMC Neuroscience},
  year={2005},
  volume={6},
  pages={70 - 70}
}
Although octopamine has long been known to have major roles as both transmitter and modulator in arthropods, it has only recently been shown to be functionally important in molluscs, playing a role as a neurotransmitter in the feeding network of the snail Lymnaea stagnalis. The synaptic potentials cannot explain all the effects of octopamine-containing neurons on the feeding network, and here we test the hypothesis that octopamine is also a neuromodulator. The excitability of the B1 and B4… CONTINUE READING
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