Development of chemosensitivity of an identified insect interneurone

J. M. Blagburn, D. J. Beadle, D. B. Sattelle

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    Characteristic features of cockroach embryos (Periplaneta americana) are determined for different stages in development. Morphological changes in giant interneurone 2 (GI 2) in the terminal abdominal ganglion during embryogenesis are described based on cobalt injections. A sequential proliferation of branches preceded by filopodial extension is observed between 45 and 80% embryogenesis, by which time the characteristic arborization of the first instar cell is established. The cholinergic agonist carbamylcholine was ionophoretically applied to the cell body and dendritic region of GI 2 at various stages in development, and the responses were recorded intracellularly. Chemosensitivity of GI 2 appears at 40 to 45% embryogenesis, to a similar degree in both cell body and dendrites. The sensitivity of these areas subsequently diverges, and after the 60 to 65% stage, the dendrites are approximately 1000 times more sensitive than the cell body. At 80 to 85% embryogenesis, there is a temporary peak in dendritic sensitivity, and cell body sensitivity increases during postembryonic development. The changes in sensitivity take place before synaptogenesis, and the decline in dendritic sensitivity after the 80% stage may be related to synaptic maturation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1167-1175
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Neuroscience
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1985


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