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A combined computational-experimental study of dynamic responses to olfactory input in a glomerular circuit
© Carey et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Published: 20 July 2010
Odorant-evoked input to and output from the mammalian olfactory bulb (OB) is temporally dynamic. Olfactory receptor neuron (ORN) inputs are tightly coupled to the respiratory cycle, and inhalation-evoked input bursts occur with durations, rise times, latencies, and strengths (amplitudes) that vary across glomeruli (for the same odorant) and also in individual glomeruli for different odorants . The temporal spread of sensory input following a single inhalation (~100-300 ms) is comparable to the range of discrimination times for different olfactory tasks [2, 3], consistent with these dynamics being important in shaping odor perception. Similarly diverse temporal patterns of activity occur at the level of output from the OB, among mitral cells (MCs), whose firing patterns express strong temporal structure organized around the respiratory cycle and modulated by odorant presentation; significant odor information is carried in these temporal patterns across the MC population.
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