Postsynaptic changes at a sensory-to-motoneuron synapse contribute to the developmental loss of a reflex behavior during insect metamorphosis.

@article{Jacobs1990PostsynapticCA,
  title={Postsynaptic changes at a sensory-to-motoneuron synapse contribute to the developmental loss of a reflex behavior during insect metamorphosis.},
  author={Gwen A. Jacobs and Janis C. Weeks},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={1990},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={1341-56}
}
The larval-pupal transformation of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, involves the loss of many larval-specific behaviors, including a simple withdrawal reflex of the abdominal prolegs. This reflex is mediated by monosynaptic excitatory connections between afferents that innervate mechanosensory hairs on the proleg [the planta hairs (PHs)] and motoneurons that innervate proleg retractor muscles. In response to hormonal cues during the final days of larval life, the dendritic arbors of proleg… CONTINUE READING
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