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Electrophysiological properties of neurons and neuronal organization of the crayfish somatogastric ganglion

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Experiments with intracellular recording from neurons of the isolated crayfish somatogastric ganglion established that the membrane potential of the neurons is 53±3 mV. Single stimulation of the central branches of the ganglion evoked EPSP and a spike in the neurons. The spike amplitude was 7.5±0.6 mV. The small amplitude of the spike is explained by the fact that it arises at some distance from the body of the neuron and propagates electrotonically in it. Summation of several EPSP is necessary in most cases for initiation of the spike. When the orthodromic stimulus was strong enough, and IPSP occurred in some cells in addition to the EPSP and spike. Stimulation of the peripheral nerves of the ganglion induced in most neurons antidromic excitation and in some neurons orthodromic excitation. Some neurons spontaneously discharged rhythmically with an unstable frequency (11–27 impulses/sec). An investigation of the effect on neurons of chemical agents [acetylcholine, adrenalin, noradrenalin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), glutamic acid, and dopamine] showed that acetylcholine has the strongest and most stable depolarizing action and apparently is a synaptic transmitter in the ganglion. The other agents excited some neurons — depolarized them and evoked rhythmic discharges — and, coversely, hyperpolarized and suppressed the rhythmic activity of other neurons. A scheme of neuronal organization of the somatogastric ganglion of the crayfish is proposed.

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A. A. Bogomolets Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR, Kiev. Translated from Neirofiziologiya, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 307–313, May–June, 1970.

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Bogomolets, V.I. Electrophysiological properties of neurons and neuronal organization of the crayfish somatogastric ganglion. Neurophysiology 2, 233–237 (1970). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01063365

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  • Dopamine
  • Membrane Potential
  • Acetylcholine
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Peripheral Nerve