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Bicuculline application affects discharge pattern and pulse-duration tuning characteristics of bat inferior collicular neurons

Authors
  • Jen, P. H.-S.
  • Feng, R. B.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Comparative Physiology A
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1999
Volume
184
Issue
2
Pages
185–194
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s003590050317
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This study examines the contribution of GABAergic inhibition to the discharge pattern and pulse duration tuning characteristics of 101 bat inferior collicular neurons by means of bicuculline application to their recording sites. When stimulated with single pulses, 56 (55%) neurons discharged 1 or 2 impulses (phasic responders), 42 (42%) discharged 3–10 impulses (phasic bursters) and 3 (3%) discharged impulses throughout the stimulus duration (tonic responders). Bicuculline application increased the number of impulses and changed the discharge patterns of 66 neurons. Using 50% difference between maximal and minimal responses as a criterion, the duration tuning characteristics of these neurons can be described as band-pass (20, 20%), long-pass (17, 17%), short-pass (33, 32%), and all-pass (31, 31%). Each band-pass neuron discharged maximally to a specific duration (the best duration) which was at least 50% larger than the neuron's responses to a long-duration pulse and a short-duration pulse. In contrast, each long- or short-pass neuron discharged maximally to a range of long or short duration pulses. Bicuculline application changed the duration tuning characteristics of 65 neurons. Possible mechanisms underlying duration tuning characteristics and the behavioral relevance to bat echolocation are discussed.

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