A Hyperpolarizing Component of the Receptor Potential in the Median Ocelius of Limulus

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Science  08 Nov 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3854, pp. 677-679
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3854.677


There are two classes of photoreceptor cells in the median ocellus of Limulus. One class of cells respond to long wavelength (visible) stimuli with a depolarizing receptor potential and to near ultraviolet light with a biphasic, initially hyperpolarizing, receptor potential. The other class of receptors respond with a depolarization to near ultraviolet and with a biphasic response to visible light. In the latter type of cell, visible light can counteract the depolarization elicited by near ultraviolet light. The evidence suggests that there are two photopigments in each cell and that both are involved in the generation of receptor potential.

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