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Full-wave rectification from a mixed electrical-chemical synapse

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Science  31 Jul 1987:
Vol. 237, Issue 4814, pp. 535-537
DOI: 10.1126/science.2885921

Abstract

Electrical and chemical synapses usually reinforce one another, but the pyloric late-to-lateral pyloric (PL-to-LP) neuronal connections in lobster stomatogastric ganglia create an inverted U-shaped transfer function between the two neurons: regardless of whether the PL membrane voltage swings positive or negative, the postsynaptic LP voltage will go negative. When the presynaptic cell voltage goes negative, the effect on the LP voltage is due to electrical coupling. During positive presynaptic voltages, the strong contribution of graded chemical inhibition from the PL to the LP neuron overrides the positive electrical coupling to produce net negativity.