Habituation: Occurrence at a Neuromuscular Junction

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Science  03 Jul 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3940, pp. 92-94
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3940.92


At the neuromuscular junctions between the motor giant axon and fast flexor muscle fibers in crayfish, stimulation at frequencies of one per minute produces a large decline in the amplitude of excitatory junctional potentials. Recovery (dishabituation) can be brought about by increases in stimulus frequency, which trigger a potentiation process; at still higher frequencies, a second form of depression intervenes. The last process appears to be due to depletion of transmitter; the first probably depends instead upon electrical changes in presynaptic terminals. Because of the interactions between the three processes, the junctions display the properties of habituation and dishabituation usually associated with complex central nervous networks.

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