Spike firing allometry in avian intrapulmonary chemoreceptors: matching neural code to body size.

@article{Hempleman2005SpikeFA,
  title={Spike firing allometry in avian intrapulmonary chemoreceptors: matching neural code to body size.},
  author={Steven C. Hempleman and Delbert L. Kilgore and Conrad Colby and Ryan W. Bavis and Frank L. Powell},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={208 Pt 16},
  pages={3065-73}
}
Biological rates in small animals are usually higher than those in large animals, yet the maximal rate of action potential (spike) generation in sensory neurons encoding rate functions is similar in all animals, due to the conserved genetics of voltage-gated ion channels. Therefore, sensory signals that vary at rates approaching maximal spike generation rate, as might occur in animals of diminished body size, may require specialized spike coding to convey this information. To test whether spike… CONTINUE READING

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