Electrical Responses of Insect Central Neurons: Augmentation by Nerve Section or Colchicine

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Science  03 Nov 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4060, pp. 507-509
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4060.507


Intracellular recording from the somata of central motor neurons in the cockroach Periplaneta americana normally shows little or no electrical response evoked by soma depolarization or by antidromic stimulation. Within 4 days after either cutting the axon or administration of colchicine, large action potentials can regularly be recorded from cell bodies of metathoracic motor neurons. Each experimental procedure evokes formation of a dense, perinuclear ribonucleic acid ring in the soma of neurons showing augmented electrical responses.