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The modulatory effect of acetylcholinesterase on neuronal activity is dependent on age in Aplysia
Peretz, B. (1994). The modulatory effect of acetylcholinesterase on neuronal activity is dependent on age in Aplysia. Neth. J. Zool. 44(3-4): 395-404
In: Netherlands Journal of Zoology. E.J. Brill: Leiden. ISSN 0028-2960, more
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  • Peretz, B.

    In the addult nervous system maintenance of function is poorly understood. A possible means to maintain neuronal function is the level of excitatory input impinging on a neuron. In Aplysia gill motor neuron L7 mediates the gill withdrawel reflex and it exhibits reduced function with increased age, resulting from infrequent excitatory inputs (Peretz et al., 1984). This production is most pronounced with ageing from mature to old Aplysia, who are about a 100 days older. Paralleling L7's reduced function is reduced hemolyph acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in old Aplysia (Srivatsan et al.,1992). By increased excitatory input on L7, using stimulation of the reflex pathway in old Aplysia, Zolman & Peretz (1987) found that L7's function improved. Chronic stimulation of the refex pathway in old Aplysia (Peretz & Srivatsan, 1993). This parallel between the level of hemolymph AChEactivity and changes of L7 function led me to investigate the physiological effects of AChE on gill motor neurons: AChE was superfused over the gill motor neurons in the abdominal ganglion, and it induced increased excitability as expressed by membrane depolarization, increased spike rate and spike width, and it produced a change in the IV curve; most pronounced was a lessening of a presumed inward retification, no appreciable increase in spike rate, and little if any, increase in spike width, yet AChE did elicit membrane depolarization. These results show that AChE modulates neuronal properties, and age-related ghanges of these properties render L7 less responsive AChE.

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