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Sensory systems

Section edited by Jiu-Lin Du

This section deals with sensory functions and sensory processing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, gustatory and olfactory signal transduction, chemosensory circuits, phototransduction and auditory neurophysiology.

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    To study the mapping from the retina to the brain, typically a small region of the retina is injected with a dye, which then propagates to the retina’s target structures. To determine the location of the inje...

    Authors: J. J. Johannes Hjorth, Elise Savier, David C. Sterratt, Michaël Reber and Stephen J. Eglen

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:80

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    Tactile adaptation is a phenomenon of the sensory system that results in temporal desensitization after an exposure to sustained or repetitive tactile stimuli. Previous studies reported psychophysical and phys...

    Authors: Yoon Gi Chung, Sang Woo Han, Hyung-Sik Kim, Soon-Cheol Chung, Jang-Yeon Park, Christian Wallraven and Sung-Phil Kim

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:71

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    A myriad of studies have argued that tactile sensibility is underpinned exclusively by large myelinated mechanoreceptors. However, the functional significance of their slow-conducting counterparts, termed C-lo...

    Authors: Saad S. Nagi, James S. Dunn, Ingvars Birznieks, Richard M. Vickery and David A. Mahns

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2015 16:52

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    Hair cells are important for maintaining our sense of hearing and balance. However, they are difficult to regenerate in mammals once they are lost. Clarification of the molecular mechanisms underlying inner ea...

    Authors: Akiko Taura, Hiroe Ohnishi, Shohei Ochi, Fumi Ebisu, Takayuki Nakagawa and Juichi Ito

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2014 15:121

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    Notch signaling plays a crucial role in the fate determination of cochlear progenitor cells, hair cells, and supporting cells in the developing cochlea. Recent studies have demonstrated the temporal activation...

    Authors: Yosuke Tona, Kiyomi Hamaguchi, Masaaki Ishikawa, Takushi Miyoshi, Norio Yamamoto, Kohei Yamahara, Juichi Ito and Takayuki Nakagawa

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2014 15:66

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    Slow-adapting type I (SA-I) afferents deliver sensory signals to the somatosensory cortex during low-frequency (or static) mechanical stimulation. It has been reported that the somatosensory projection from SA...

    Authors: Yoon Gi Chung, Sang Woo Han, Hyung-Sik Kim, Soon-Cheol Chung, Jang-Yeon Park, Christian Wallraven and Sung-Phil Kim

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2014 15:43

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    The main olfactory epithelium (MOE) in mammals is a specialized organ to detect odorous molecules in the external environment. The MOE consists of four types of cells: olfactory sensory neurons, supporting cel...

    Authors: Tatsuya Yamaguchi, Junpei Yamashita, Makoto Ohmoto, Imad Aoudé, Tatsuya Ogura, Wangmei Luo, Alexander A Bachmanov, Weihong Lin, Ichiro Matsumoto and Junji Hirota

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2014 15:13

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    To survive dynamic environments, it is essential for all animals to appropriately modulate their behavior in response to various stimulus intensities. For instance, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans suppresses ...

    Authors: Jarred Sanders, Stanislav Nagy, Graham Fetterman, Charles Wright, Millet Treinin and David Biron

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:156

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    Humans are able to extract regularities from complex auditory scenes in order to form perceptually meaningful elements. It has been shown previously that this process depends critically on both the temporal in...

    Authors: Ivan Chakalov, Rossitza Draganova, Andreas Wollbrink, Hubert Preissl and Christo Pantev

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:120

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    Human nociceptive withdrawal reflexes (NWR) can be evoked by electrical stimulation applied to the sole of the foot. However, elicitation of NWRs is highly site dependent, and NWRs are especially difficult to ...

    Authors: Ken Steffen Frahm, Carsten Dahl Mørch, Warren M Grill, Nathan B Lubock, Kristian Hennings and Ole Kæseler Andersen

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:116

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    The nociceptive withdrawal reflex (NWR) has been proven to be a valuable tool in the objective assessment of central hyperexcitability in the nociceptive system at spinal level that is present in some chronic ...

    Authors: José A Biurrun Manresa, Giang P Nguyen, Michele Curatolo, Thomas B Moeslund and Ole K Andersen

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:110

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    Mice produce ultrasonic vocalizations in various inter-individual encounters and with high call rates. However, it is so far virtually unknown how these vocal patterns are generated. On the one hand, these voc...

    Authors: Steffen R Hage, Natalja Gavrilov, Ferdinand Salomon and Anna M Stein

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:99

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    Sleep restriction alters pain perception in animals and humans, and many studies have indicated that paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) promotes hyperalgesia. The hyperalgesia observed after mechanical nocice...

    Authors: Fabio Damasceno, Gabriela O Skinner, Paulo C Araújo, Marcia MD Ferraz, Frank Tenório and Olga MMS de Almeida

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:92

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    Temporal order judgement (TOJ) is the ability to detect the order of occurrence of two sequentially delivered stimuli. Previous research has shown that TOJ in the presence of synchronized periodic conditioning...

    Authors: Kevin GH Lee, Mark F Jacobs, Michael J Asmussen, Christopher M Zapallow, Mark Tommerdahl and Aimee J Nelson

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:89

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    Phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate-dependent Rac Exchanger 2 (P-Rex2) is a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) that specifically activates Rac GTPases, important regulators of actin cytoskeleton r...

    Authors: David M Sherry and Bradley A Blackburn

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:70

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    The basal forebrain (BF) regulates cortical activity by the action of cholinergic projections to the cortex. At the same time, it also sends substantial GABAergic projections to both cortex and thalamus, whose...

    Authors: Anwesha Bhattacharyya, Julia Veit, Robert Kretz, Igor Bondar and Gregor Rainer

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2013 14:55

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