Electrical activity in the chemoreceptors of the blowfly. II. Responses to electrical stimulation.


Journal Article

An analysis of the various parts of the electrical responses to the chemical and electrical stimulation of a single labellar chemosensory hair of the blowfly, Phormia regina, indicates that the recording conditions for the spike potentials approximate the intracellular recordings made in other types of sense cells. The large positive resting potential probably arises from the basement membrane of the hypodermal cells and neurilemma rather than from the neurons at the base of the chemosensory hair. The responses to polarizing currents passed through single chemosensory hairs support this analysis. The behavioral responses to similar polarizing currents are shown to result from the action of the current on the neurons at the bases of the adjacent chemosensory hairs. The reported neural interaction of the two chemosensory neurons associated with the chemosensory hair is probably due to the physical-chemical attributes of the stimulating solution rather than to any real neural interaction. Observations on the latency of the initial nerve impulse in response to chemical stimulation indicate that the chemosensory neurons are normally free from spontaneous spike activity.

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Published Date

  • November 1, 1958

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Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 413 - 428

PubMed ID

  • 13587922

Pubmed Central ID

  • 13587922

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-7748

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1295

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1085/jgp.42.2.413


  • eng