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Excerpts from the abstract: S cells form a chain of electrically coupled neurons that extends the length of the leech CNS and plays a critical role in sensitization during whole-body shortening. ... Serotonin ... increasedAP latency across the electrical synapse, suggesting that serotonin reduced coupling between S cells. ... Serotonin modulated instantaneous AP frequency when APs were initiated in separate S cells and in a computational model of S cell activity following mechanosensory input. Thus, serotonergic modulation of S cell electrical synapses may contribute to changes in the pattern of activity in the S cell network. See paper for more.
Moss BL, Fuller AD, Sahley CL, Burrell BD (2005) Serotonin modulates axo-axonal coupling between neurons critical for learning in the leech.
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Leech S cell;
Moss, Brenda [bmoss at usd.edu];
Byrne, John [john.h.byrne at uth.tmc.edu];
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